(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced final Congressional passage of $6,590,000 for environmental and community improvement projects for the Puget Sound region in the fiscal year 2002 VA-HUD Conference Report. The Conference Report passed the Senate by a vote of 87-7 and will now go to President Bush to be signed into law.

"I am pleased that Congress has committed this funding to support important public works and cultural projects in the Puget Sound region of our state," said Murray. "In helping our communities to redevelop and expand, we are facilitating a cleaner, healthier and more pleasant environment for our families and revitalization for our businesses."

"This funding will help provide important stimulus to our local economies," Murray said.

Funding for Puget Sound includes:

  • $3.8 million – Bremerton, Combined Sewer Overflow Project
  • $750,000 – Tacoma, Bates Technical College, for upgrade of transmission equipment for a PBS affiliate
  • $500,000 – King County, Direct Carbonate Fuel Cell Demonstration Project
  • $300,000 – Renton, Port Quendall brownfields redevelopment project
  • $250,000 – University of Washington Tacoma, Institute of Technology
  • $240,000 – Black Diamond, Replacement water main and improvements to pump station
  • $200,000 – Pierce County, Gig Harbor Historical Society museum and cultural center
  • $100,000 – Seattle Center Opera House renovation
  • $90,000 – Greenwater, Water system construction for rural business center
  • $90,000 – City of Maple Valley, Youth Center construction
  • $90,000 – City of Duvall, Building renovation for youth center
  • $80,000 – Bremerton, YWCA for facilities expansion
  • $50,000 – City of Poulsbo, improvements to the public library
  • $50,000 – Lake Washington Technical College (Redmond), environmental assessment