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$117,000 Goes to Restore Stream Banks

by Staff
Capital Press, July 30, 2004

SPOKANE -- Eight streams will be healthier, easier on the eye and more hospitable to fish and wildlife, thanks to more than $117,000 granted to seven counties or conservation districts in Eastern Washington.

The Department of Ecology is distributing the money to restore stream banks, replant native vegetation and reduce cattle access to lakes and streams.

The grant money, available to local and state government entities and tribes for projects that improve water quality, comes from the state’s Coastal Protection Fund.

“These grants represent a great opportunity for enhancing and maintaining biodiversity by restoring streams, rivers and lakes to a healthier condition,” said René-Marc Mangin, who manages Ecology’s Spokane office. “Sometimes a complete job will take more money than we have, but our hope is that this provides a meaningful boost for water quality.”

To qualify for a grant, each project had to meet certain criteria, such as coordinating with other water-quality activities already under way. Applicants had to show that results would be seen in a reasonable amount of time.

Grants went to Adams County Conservation District, Ferry County Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln County Conservation District, Pomeroy Conservation District, Spokane County Conservation District, Stevens County Conservation District and Walla Walla County.

Twelve entities requested a total $226,610.

$117,000 Goes to Restore Stream Banks
Capital Press, July 30, 2004

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