The Department of Ecology, working with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, was awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of coastal surge plain and six miles of sloughs in Grays Harbor. This includes Elliot Slough in Junction City.
The acquisition is part of a larger effort to conserve the Chehalis River Surge Plain and is located next to a State Natural Area Preserve and an Audubon Society preserve.
The Washington Department of Ecology was awarded $2.2 million overall in grant funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support three critical coastal wetland projects in Washington, including the Aberdeen slough. Washington was one of 12 states and Puerto Rico to receive funding under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program.
“The projects selected for the grant funds will help restore and enhance our wetlands which are vital habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Lauren Driscoll, wetlands manager for Ecology’s shorelands and environmental assistance program. “This is a significant opportunity for the selected communities to leverage their local dollars with matching federal grant funds. These projects will help preserve our wetlands for future generations.”
The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is a matching grants program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The program is designed to acquire, restore and enhance wetlands, which are experiencing a dramatic annual loss according to a new study by the Service. Using matching funds from this grant program, Ecology has partnered with tribes, cities, counties, federal and state agencies and others to acquire, restore and enhance coastal wetlands throughout Washington.