Four South Sound sites are included among 20 projects designed to protect and restore the natural shorelines around Puget Sound that are receiving $12 million in grants from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Most of the projects funded this year involve removing unnecessary bulkheads, correcting barriers to salmon passage and restoring tidal functions altered by land-use practices over the past century, according to a department news release.
The funds come from a combination of state capital funds and federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Patricia Jatczak, state manager for the EPA grant program, said this year’s funding was directed to qualified projects at shoreline parks that are accessible to the public.
Here are the South Sound projects that received funds:
Carpenter Creek Estuary: Grant amount to be determined. The funds will be used to permanently protect 56 acres of estuarine intertidal habitat and furnish a final design for the replacement of the West Kingston Road culvert. Carpenter Creek estuary, located in Kingston in Kitsap County, is one of very few remaining intact, undeveloped forested intertidal bays in the South Central Puget Sound. Skokomish River Estuary: $344,444. Funds will be used to complete the third phase of estuary restoration in the Skokomish Indian Reservation, near the Great Bend of Hood Canal in Mason County. This phase will restore estuarine functions and fish passage by reconnecting wetland channels through the salt marsh, restoring tidal channels, enhancing roads to connect natural wetland flow or tidal channels and filling or enhancing ditches for wetland channel habitat. Titlow Lagoon: $92,065. The money will be used to develop design and permits documents for replacement of a culvert with a 40-foot railroad bridge to improve fish passage between Titlow Lagoon and Puget Sound in Tacoma.
Twanoh State Park: $402,900. The grant will be used to restore near-shore and delta processes in the southern Hood Canal park. The first phase of the project will include the removal of fill, shoreline armoring and a concrete bulkhead, installation of soft shore armoring, beach nourishment, culvert replacement, large wood placement and marine riparian planting.