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Washington receives lion’s share of federal wetland grants

Even with the demise of the earmark, which helped us greatly out here, our state has done very well in obtaining grants for wetland conservation. As the article states, that is because we have cut back less at the state level for these projects, which in turn has allowed the federal grants to continue. And to be clear, these represent jobs for people here, in our towns surrounding the Salish Sea.

WASHINGTON — Among all of the coastal United States, Washington will receive more than a third of the federal grants earmarked for wetland conservation.

Of the nine wetland projects approved in Washington state, four are in the West Sound region of Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties.

In an announcement Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar called out 24 projects nationwide to receive $20.4 million provided under the 2012 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/jan/03/washington-wins-big-in-coastal-funding/#ixzz1iVLJBv39

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