Washington State Department of Ecology recently announced the initial selection of streamflow restoration projects under the 15-year grant program that the Legislature established with the passage of RCW 90.94 in January, 2018. Whatcom PUD’s proposal is one of fifteen projects that was awarded funding.
Overall, Ecology received 46 applications totaling more than $70 million in funding requests. Successful projects stood out in a competitive pool of first-round applicants. Ecology selected innovative projects that will improve stream flows for rivers and streams across the state. Funding decisions were based on the statutory prioritization criteria established in chapter 90.94 RCW, as well as technical evaluation relying on Interim Guidance adopted by Ecology in June 2018.
PUD General Manager Steve Jilk is quite pleased with the announcement and said ” I am excited about funding for this project as it will give us the opportunity to work with fisheries, farmers and industry to make improvements in California Creek.” He added “at the same time, the PUD can use our water rights from the main stem to mitigate for additional wells in that area and the Dakota Creek drainage.”
The California Creek project will be funded up to the full request of $711,000.00. This is the first year that Washington State Department of Ecology will recommend allocation of funding under the SB6091 legislation.
The complete list of proposals is available on the Department of Ecology’s website by clicking here. Read more about the PUD’s proposal and others totaling approximately $20 million which have been determined eligible to receive streamflow restoration grants funded by the FY 2018-2019 supplemental budget.