King County Flood Control District Approves Over $11.5 Million for Vital Habitat Restoration Initiatives

Steven SchauerUncategorized

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King County, WA – The King County Flood Control District (KCFCD) Board of Supervisors has approved over $11.5 million to support critical habitat restoration efforts across the county. This funding will be allocated to various watersheds through the Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grants program, aiming to recover endangered salmon species and restore vital watershed ecosystems.

“The King County Flood Control District is committed to ensuring the health and sustainability of our watersheds,” said Reagan Dunn, Chair of the KCFCD Board of Supervisors. “By funding these crucial habitat restoration projects, we are not only supporting the recovery of endangered salmon species but also enhancing the resilience of our watershed ecosystems.”

The approved funds will support habitat restoration initiatives in King County’s four key watersheds: Snoqualmie/Skykomish (WRIA 7), Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish (WRIA 8), Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound (WRIA 9), and Puyallup-White (WRIA 10). These investments are essential for the recovery of endangered salmon species and the overall watershed ecosystem health. The CWM dollar amounts allocated to each WRIA by the KCFCD typically makes up a majority of each WRIA’s annual funding.

Key Highlights of the Funding:

  • Snoqualmie Watershed Forum (WRIA 7): Nearly $2.3 million allocated, supporting 18 projects among 12 organizations, including Sound Salmon Solutions, the Tulalip Tribes, and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
  • WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council: Over $4.5 million allocated, supporting 23 projects among 16 organizations, including the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, Trout Unlimited, the City of Bothell, the City of Woodinville, King County, and the Seattle Aquarium.
  • WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum: Over $4.2 million allocated, supporting 24 projects among 12 organizations, including the City of Kent, Green River Coalition, and Vashon Nature Center.
  • WRIA 10 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC): Nearly $576,000 allocated, supporting 2 projects among 2 organizations, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group.

The CWM Grants provided by the KCFCD are designed to support projects that align with the priorities outlined by WRIA forums and advisory committees. Eligible activities include feasibility studies, project design and construction, property acquisition, and programmatic work such as site maintenance, monitoring, education, and planning. Additional CWM grant funds may become available to each WRIA as older grants close out and unused funds are rolled forward.

The allocation of CWM grant funds is overseen by the Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, ensuring transparency and accountability in the process. The KCFCD Board enacted the CWM grant program in 2013 and has continued to increase funding, including doubling funding in 2020, in response to growing environmental needs.

For more information on the CWM Grants program and the funded projects, please visit the KCFCD website:  https://kingcountyfloodcontrol.org/grant-programs-funding/cooperative-watershed-grants/.

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About the King County Flood Control District:

The King County Flood Control District (KCFCD) is a countywide special purpose district created in 2007 to provide flood risk reduction capital projects and programs to the residents of King County. The KCFCD is building a future to withstand flood risks where thriving King County communities and healthy ecosystems coexist in harmony with area rivers. It will accomplish this vision by implementing flood risk reduction policies and projects to protect life and property while advancing various benefits including equity and social justice, sustainable livelihoods, habitat protection, salmon recovery, recreation, and resilient communities.