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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced six grants totaling $280,000 for community-based habitat projects in Washington State to restore marine areas in Pierce, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Money for the projects comes from the NOAA Restoration Center’s Community-based Restoration Program.
The national program of financial and technical assistance promotes partnerships for community-based activities. Projects restore living marine resources and their habitats and promote stewardship and conservation. Past projects have benefitted salmon and striped bass, marine mammals and turtles, and habitats such as marshes, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs.
"Grants like this, that depend on local support and that benefit local communities, are at the heart of NOAA's grass-roots work to help wildlife and their habitats," said Bob Lohn, head of the NOAA Fisheries Northwest regional office in Seattle.
The six restoration projects announced today will restore or improve riverbanks and nearby tidal marshes to benefit salmon and other fish and wildlife.
The NOAA Community-based Restoration Program has been working with communities since 1996 to support habitat restoration projects in salt water, estuary and riverbank areas across the nation. The NOAA funds provide on-the-ground habitat restoration components that offer educational and social benefits to communities and long-term ecological benefits to fishery resources. To date, over 600 projects in 25 states have been completed using NOAA funds and money from national and regional habitat restoration partners.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA fisheries) is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat.
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