MEDIA ADVISORY For July 5, 2006
Puget Sound scores funding for 14 restoration projects
News reporters are invited to hear an announcement from U.S. Attorney John McKay of the U.S. Department of Justice and Jay Manning, Director of the Washington Department of Ecology, about Washington’s receipt of nearly $2 million for 14 conservation projects to benefit the greater Puget Sound area.
The projects are spread across Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and include locations in Island County, Protection Island near Port Townsend, and estuaries of the Nisqually, Skagit, Dungeness, Stilliguamish, Snohomish rivers that flow into the Sound. Other projects aim at education and removal of derelict fishing gear.
McKay and Manning will make the announcement at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia.
The grant funding is the result of a settlement between the U.S. government and an international shipping company for violating numerous federal pollution laws identified during an investigation by the state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Also on hand will be representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, the federal Fish & Wildlife Service, the Nisqually Tribe of Indians, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Following a short speaking program inside the visitor’s center, news reporters will be given a tour of two projects of several hundred acres inside the Nisqually refuge.
To get to the nature center from Interstate 5, take exit 114 and follow the signs.
Emily Langlie, Department of Justice, 206-553-4110; cell (206) 276-5288
Dave Workman, Department of Ecology, 360-407-7004; pager 360-786-3074
Doug Zimmer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (360) 753-4370