NOAA03-R967
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Sae-Kung
10/6/03
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NOAA AWARDS $596,100 TO ISLAND COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $596,100 grant to support the Island County, Wash., Coastal Zone Management Program. NOAA is an agency of the U. S. Commerce Department.

The grant will support the acquisition of the Deer Lagoon Property in Island County. Deer Lagoon has been identified by the Island County Salmon Recovery Program as one of the highest priority estuaries for immediate preservation. The 1986 Washington Department of Game also identified the Lagoon as “the single most important site…to waterfowl,” with over 170 bird species and 210 miles of nearshore habitat. The opportunity to purchase and preserve this freshwater wetland and estuarine system for its beneficial high-quality fish and wildlife habitat is one that valued for its contribution to open space holdings.

“NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local initiatives like the acquisition of Deer Lagoon,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant to the Island County Department of Public Works will help advance knowledge critical to those efforts in Washington.”

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat to wildlife; offers educational opportunities to students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 33 years.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.

On the Web:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/

Conrad C. Lautenbacher: http://www.noaa.gov/lautenbacher.html

NOAA’s Coastal Management Program: http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/czm/