OLYMPIA — Local ecosystem-restoration projects in three North Central Washington counties will benefit from more than $58,000 in state Department of Ecology grants, the department announced this week.
Okanogan County's Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group was the biggest recipient of local Terry Husseman Account grants, awarded each year from enforcement fines gathered for water quality violations throughout the state. The group will receive $25,883 to restore riparian forest and enhance floodplain conditions on 1.6 acres along the Methow River in Winthrop.
Twelve projects earned the award out of 32 applicants. Chelan County's Department of Natural Resources gained two grants: $10,100 to remove about 10,000 pounds of illegally dumped material from Eagle Creek; and $6,800 to replant a section of stream bank along Mission Creek in Cashmere.
Finally, the Grant County Conservation District was awarded $16,000 to remove invasive common carp in Moses Lake.
Husseman Account grant awards to projects statewide totaled $331,000 for the 2019-2020 grant cycle, designed to help local and tribal governments; conservation, port and utility districts; fisheries enhancement groups; and other organizations pay for a wide range of environmental projects. Terry Husseman was a longtime Ecology deputy director who died in 1998.