Skip to comments.Federal grants aim to protect Puget Sound watersheds
Posted on 03/08/2013 2:22:21 PM PST by mdittmar
OLYMPIA For decades, transforming Puget Sounds forest lands, fields and shorelines into places for new homes and businesses often has come at the expense of the environment.
While development reduces fish and wildlife habitat, it can also have other negative environmental effects such as diminishing the effectiveness of wetlands and floodplains to filter, cleanse and control polluted runoff also known as stormwater which is the number one pollution threat to urban waters and Puget Sound.
The Washington departments of Commerce and Ecology are working to help reverse this trend by offering $1.7 million in federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 10 local projects designed to improve the health of Puget Sound watersheds.
On tap to get the funding are the cities of Arlington, Duvall, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle and Tacoma and Island, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. A full list of the grant award offers, including project descriptions, is available online.
Ecology Director Maia Bellon said: Puget Sound is a major driver for Washingtons economy and our quality of life. Healthy watersheds are key to a healthy Sound. To help ensure our communities prosper while they grow, we need to look at innovative ways to develop our lands in ways that also protect our environment. These grants will help us achieve that goal.
Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said, Protecting and improving the health of Puget Sound helps to attract and retain companies that value a high quality of life for their employees. These innovative programs demonstrate that solutions exist to support existing and new industry without sacrificing health of our environment.
Many recipients being offered grants will work with city, county, tribal and other partners to complete the projects. They will use the EPA funding to adopt innovative approaches for planning development, updating water quality protection regulations, restoring riparian (streamside) areas the transition zones where land and waters meet and undertaking watershed-based land use planning. Highlights of the benefits of this funding include:
Some of the local watershed projects will focus on developing plans and improving regulations to help reduce the amount of runoff as well as levels of toxic pollutants and other contaminants it contains.
Preventing pollution from urban runoff and protecting and restoring habitat are among the top priorities outlined in the Puget Sound Partnerships Action Agenda the science-based plan to restore Puget Sound. Armed with the Action Agenda, the state now receives federal EPA dollars for which it otherwise would not have qualified.
The Partnership is the state agency responsible for ensuring public dollars spent on Puget Sound recovery are used effectively. The agency prioritizes recovery projects and coordinates the action of the more than 750 organizations working together to restore the health of Puget Sound.
Partnership Interim Executive Director Marc Daily said: These projects will help build on our collective efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound for future generations. They demonstrate how we are using federal dollars smartly to advance science-based projects to restore our watersheds, improve water quality and protect Puget Sound.
Since 2010, EPA has provided $48.4 million in targeted grant funding to Washington state agencies to restore and protect Puget Sound.
Only got $1.7 million!,damn sequester.
“Ediz Hook Restoration - Phase lll, Port Angeles Harbor - Strait of Juan de Fuca
Description: The project site is located on the southern shore of Ediz Hook, a natural but degraded 3-mile spit on the Strait of Juan de Fuca that forms Port Angeles Harbor. This proposal represents the third phase of restoration efforts on Ediz Hook. The project goal is to restore processes along 1,200 feet of Ediz Hook shoreline.
Objective: Shoreline and nearshore habitat restoration”
LOL.... Almost every foot of that is fish farms and a walking path. I guess they could kick the ships out of the harbor, burn the picnic tables, shut down the paper mill and tell the Coast Guard to pack up.
This is just another waste of tax dollars.
Restoring specifically what, why? Generalities instead of specifics should not qualify for millions of taxpayer monies. Runoff of pollutants. What pollutants? What do these pollutants do that restoration of something is in order? Restoration is to make something as it was before. To restore to what? In a naturally ever changing Earth what is the restoration target determined by what, and by who, and why?
My Super Duper ACME Brand Bullshit Detector is sounding off.
Environmental pigs feeding at the trough.