Two Mason County Wetland Projects Get Federal Funds

Two wetland projects in Mason County will receive federal grants. Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced grant awards from the 2012 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program. Out of the $20.4 Million awarded, $7.4 Milion is coming to Washington and nearly $1.5 Million is coming to Mason County. The Union River Estuary is getting a $1 Million grant to restore more than 30 acres of habitat near Belfair by breaching an old farm dike where the River flows into Lynch Cove. And a $456,000 grant will help with the acquisition of the North Bay/Coulter Creek Estuary near Allyn. The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under provisions of the 1990 Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Funding is provided by Sport Fish Restoration Act revenue — money generated from an excise tax on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels.