Salmon projects get $8.5M

Conservation district to restore creek banks


September 21, 2023

Gordon Weeks/SMCJ

The Squaxin Island Tribe will use a $5,310,000 state grant announced Monday to complete the restoration of the north salt marsh lobe on west Oakland Bay in Shelton. The tribe will remove a quarter-mile of bulkhead and plant salt grass and salt marsh plants on 17 acres of salt marsh to promote the growth of intertidal vegetation.

Salmon in Oakland Bay, the Union and Tahuya rivers in North Mason, and Cranberry, Deer, Goldsborough and Mill creeks will benefit from $8.2 million in salmon recovery grants from the state.

On Monday, the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership announced the awards of 150 grants in 29 counties totaling $81.5 million. The grants focus on improving salmon habitat and conserving shorelines and riverbanks.

"These are important projects that will help us restore our salmon populations," Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news release. "They provide many other benefi...

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