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This week, U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) and collaborating organizations celebrated her work in securing grant funding for North Bend’s Stream Channel Widening and Wetland Creation/Enhancement Project with a surprisingly warm, spring walk along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Representative Schrier and Mayor Rob McFarland were joined by representatives of the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
The project is a long-term investment in North Bend’s flood risk mitigation and streambank habitat restoration. “Our proposal is the result of years of work in improving stormwater infrastructure and locating high priority flood mitigation projects in North Bend,” commented Mark Rigos, P.E., City of North Bend Public Works Director. “We identified this location as both an opportunity to reduce flood risk, while also making a positive impact on regional environmental conservation plans.”
Work will focus on reducing flood conditions by widening and realigning approximately 1,000 lineal feet of stormwater channel located adjacent to Snoqualmie Valley Trail, near a bank of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. This drainage area collects a substantial amount of stormwater runoff during storm events. Often, the channel backs up as the river level rises, which can cause flooding that affects nearby residents and businesses.
In addition to flood risk mitigation, the project will deliver significant wetland enhancement, with the removal of invasive plant species and the restoration of local habitat by planting native shrubs and trees. Maintenance will include periodic removal of invasive species and monitoring the new plantings. Wetland enhancement is expected to both beautify and restore habitat to native conditions, as well as improve water quality and protect downstream watershed.
Mayor Rob McFarland thanked Rep. Schrier and her team for their work in securing $225,000 for the project, and he thanked partners in environmental stewardship for their continued work in leading and supporting environmental conservation. “Partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and the Snoqualmie Tribe is important on many levels, especially when it comes to our local environment,” he commented. “We should always strive to better serve our town and valley neighbors, while also supporting the environment. Any project that does both is exceptional.”
The project is one of 10 submissions selected for the FY 2022 Community Project Funding through the federal government. Rep. Schrier said, “Community Project Funding provided the opportunity to directly identify projects that are most important for our district and state.” Last year, North Bend’s Stream Channel Widening and Wetland Project was one out of approximately 80 project suggestions collected by Rep. Schrier’s office. “Local governments and nonprofits know our communities' needs best, and that is why I went directly to them for recommendations about what our federal budget should prioritize,” she said. Learn more about all the projects in the 8th District selected for the FY 2022 Community Project Fund HERE.
Rep. Schrier represents Washington’s expansive 8th District, which includes communities in eastern King and Pierce Counties, as well as portions of Chelan and Kittitas Counties.