Stimulus money will fund habitat restoration projects

SEATTLE – Lower Elwha Klallam, Lummi, Tulalip and Upper Skagit will restore habitat for salmon and other wildlife with Recovery Act funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Lower Elwha Klallam, $2 million, will restore the floodplain of the lower Elwha River through the removal of culverts and dikes, revegetation and invasive species control.

Lummi Nation, $1.7 million, will raise a roadway and reconnect tidal exchange for 490 acres of Smuggler’s Slough, which will flow to a restored salt marsh and eelgrass habitat in Lummi Bay.

Upper Skagit, $989,000, will excavate and reconnect 140 acres of forested floodplain habitat and install woody debris for endangered chinook, coho and steelhead salmon.

Tulalip Tribes, $2 million, will restore 350 acres of wetlands for chinook salmon passage on the lower Snohomish River and its surrounding tidal floodplain. Tulalip will remove levees, excavate channels and plant native vegetation and trees.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.