$220 million to design and build downstream fishway on Howard Hanson Dam benefits TPU customers and the environment – ​​The Suburban Times

Tacoma Public Utilities press release.

TACOMA, Wash. – Framed by the pristine forests of the Green River watershed, Tacoma Director of Utilities Jackie Flowers met with U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, tribal representatives Muckleshoot and other regional leaders to celebrate the announcement of $220M from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to fund the design and construction of a new downstream fish passage at the Howard Hanson Dam on the Green River.

The project, which has broad regional support, represents one of the most significant investments to ensure the recovery of salmon in the Puget Sound region while increasing water storage capacity for Tacoma Public Utilities. “I don’t need to tell everyone here how many challenges our salmon face – it’s something we need to approach from all angles,” Senator Murray said. “Washington’s wild salmon populations are declining overall, threatening our ecosystems and way of life. That’s why I fought so hard to build this critical fish passage at Howard Hanson Dam and am working federally to promote salmon recovery statewide.

The funding announcement is in response to a request from the bipartisan delegation of Washington federal lawmakers for the Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for a downstream fish passage to help restore salmon populations, a vital food source for endangered Southern Resident orcas. . The project will increase municipal and industrial water supply for TPU customers through increased storage capacity, while maintaining the functionality of the dam for flood risk management.

“Tacoma Public Utilities celebrates the federal government’s initial investment in our region’s environmental future,” said Director Flowers. “While more funding is needed to get the project across the finish line, the broad regional support we are seeing today at the Howard Hanson Dam underscores the critical importance of the project to salmon and killer whale recovery. , while benefiting Tacoma Water customers.”

The Green River Municipal Watershed has been Tacoma Water’s primary water supply since 1913. TPU strives to properly manage our forest lands to ensure water quality and protect fish and wildlife species. sensitive savages. The construction of a fish passage barrier at the Howard Hanson Dam will ensure the continued stewardship of this vital regional watershed.

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