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Murray Secures Funding for Northwest Washington Community and Environmental Initiatives

Jul 25 2002

Key Senate Committee Approves VA-HUD Appropriations Bill

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Senator Murray announced today that she has secured $250,000 in the fiscal year 2003 Veterans Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill for community and environmental initiatives in Northwest Washington.

"I am proud to have secured this important funding to help improve communities in Northwest Washington," said Murray. "Our region's economy is facing tough times and we must do all that we can to retain and attract new business and jobs. I know this funding will go a long way to improving the quality of life and increasing economic prosperity for our region."


Lummi Tribe, Semiahmah Memorial and Coast Salish Heritage Park $100,000

The Tribe will use the funding to complete initial plans and begin implementing development of the Semiahmah Memorial and the Coast Salish Heritage Park. During expansion of the City of Blaine's wastewater treatment facility, a tribal burial ground was desecrated and human remains transported across state lines. The Lummi Tribe and other local partners are now working together to restore and enhance the tribal burial grounds.

Forks' Telecommunications Initiative, Forks $100,000

The city will use the funding to help complete a small business incubator in a former CenturyTel facility. Specifically, funding will be used to purchase shared equipment for use by the tenants, undertake tenant improvements to specific offices, and finalize the area's telecommunications vision into a strategic implementation plan.

Northwest Straits Commission $50,000

Senator Murray and former Rep. Metcalf created the Northwest Straits Commission with legislation in 1998 in response to growing concerns about the declining health of marine ecosystems in the Northwest region of the state. This grassroots effort involves representatives from county, tribal, state and federal governments, non-profit organizations and volunteers who are working together to protect and restore marine resources in northern Puget Sound.

Senator Murray also secured $1.2 million for the Northwest Straits in the Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary (CJSJ) Appropriations bill which was approved by the full committee last week.


Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission $700,000

The Washington State Tribes and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Coordinated Water Quality Program, an EPA/Tribal partnership, has provided a forum for continuous and meaningful communication between tribes, state and federal agencies. It has generated successful state/federal partnerships to improve water quality and has helped fulfill the federal government's trust obligation to tribes.

Rural Development Council, Rural Community Assessment Program $100,000

The Washington State Rural Development Council will use the funding to help rural communities assess strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies to meet their economic, community, and human service goals, and link them to resources to build on and implement local plans.