Larsen Applauds $2.4 Million to Restore Fish Habitat in Snohomish and Island Counties

Oct 24, 2013 Issues: Environment, Jobs Labor and the Economy

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the award of $2.4 million to restore habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in the Whidbey and Snohomish basins. The funding, awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is part of a long-term effort to rebuild fisheries in the region.

“A healthy fish population means a healthy economy in Northwest Washington,” Larsen said. “This funding will go a long way toward restoring vital fish populations in the Puget Sound.”

The Nature Conservancy will receive $1.4 million to help restore 500 acres of degraded floodplain habitat in the Whidbey Basin. Snohomish County will receive $1 million to help restore nearly 330 acres of wetlands in the Snohomish River estuary. More information on the funding is available here: https://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/programs/crp/ffo2013.html.