[4/10/19] Ecology Restoration

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Fines paid for water quality violations in Washington in the last few years will fund $331,000 in projects designed to restore local ecosystems. 

The Washington Department of Ecology is awarding up to $45,000 for each of 12 projects that will improve water quality through environmental enhancements. Nine projects are located in eastern Washington, including 3 in our region, and three in western Washington. The grants support work that will start in May.

Ecology awarded the grants to 12 government and non-profit groups who will use the grants to remove illegally dumped materials from local streams, install fencing to keep livestock off impaired streams, remove invasive plants and animals, and plant native shoreline vegetation to cool water temperatures and improve salmon and wildlife habitat.

Ecology provides the grants through the department’s Terry Husseman Account to help local and tribal governments; conservation, port and utility districts; fisheries enhancement groups, and other organizations pay for a wide range of environmental projects.

 “This is a great program because we are taking a portion of the money we receive from those who harmed state water quality and are returning it to our community partners to help them enhance and restore streams and rivers,” said Gordon White, who oversees Ecology’s statewide shoreline, floodplain and wetland management  activities.

 The account is named after Terry Husseman, a long-time Ecology deputy director who died in 1998, to honor his contributions in environmental management. The account is funded by penalties the department issues for violations of the state Water Pollution Control Act.

More than two-thirds of Ecology’s budget goes to Washington communities through grant and loan programs that support environmental programs and projects.

 Partial ist of 2019-20 Terry Husseman Account grant awards include:

·         Chelan County—$10,100 awarded to Chelan County Department of Natural Resources to remove about 10,000 lbs. of illegally dumped material from Eagle Creek.

$6,800 awarded to Chelan County Dept. of Natural Resources to support a larger restoration effort to replant a section of stream bank along Mission Creek in Cashmere.

·         Okanogan County—$25,883 awarded to Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group to restore riparian forest and enhance floodplain conditions on 1.6 acres along the Methow River in Winthrop.

Complete list is available online Ecy.WA.GOV