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City of Port Angeles using stormwater money for creek restoration grants

September 26th, 2013 - 5:48am

(Port Angeles) –- The city of Port Angeles is launching a new Creek Enhancement Program that can provide up to $1000 of financial assistance to environmental groups who may use the funding for local creek restoration projects. The program is funded by proceeds from the city's storm water utility tax.

The program is aimed at the five creeks within Port Angeles that carry water from the foothills into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The city hopes to promote community awareness by protecting and enhancing the creeks.

“The proposed projects must be located inside the city limits on one of five creeks in Port Angeles or along the shoreline,” said city stormwater engineer Jonathan Boehme. “The financial assistance provided is based what project is proposed. So $100 might be used for planting trees along a shoreline and a larger amount could be awarded for bigger projects like woody debris or removing concrete structures.”

Applications are available through the city through November 30th, or until the funding is depleted. Proposed projects must have all work completed by December 31, of 2013. Currently the city's funding for the creek projects totals $30,000 dollars.

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