City nabs federal funding

SNOQUALMIE _ The city of Snoqualmie will likely receive

more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help with flood

control along the Snoqualmie River. North Bend would also get $50,000 to

study flood-reduction efforts.

Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash., announced the funding Sept. 28,

which is part of a spending bill on energy and water programs. The Senate was

expected to pass the same bill Monday, and Dunn's office said

President Clinton would likely sign the bill.

The money to Snoqualmie and North Bend was part of a list

of projects slated for the 8th Congressional District, which also

include work on additional storage for the Howard Hanson Dam and a study

on ways to increase the number of chinook salmon in the Duwamish

and Green rivers.

"In June the House passed this bill with ample funding for

much-needed projects in the 8th District," Dunn

said in a statement. "I'm pleased to report that Congress gave the final stamp

of approval on the bill, and it significantly increases the amount of money for

the Howard Hanson Dam."

Snoqualmie is expected to receive $1.717 in federal funds to widen

the Snoqualmie River and remove an old bridge to help flood conveyance.

A congressional aide in Dunn's Washington, D.C., office said the

money would also be used for river-bank stabilization.

Snoqualmie Mayor Randy "Fuzzy" Fletcher said he

appreciated Dunn's support for the project.

"I have been working with her office for years to get this done, and

she has been very supportive," he said.

The city of North Bend will use the $50,000 it receives to conduct

a feasibility study for reducing flooding along the South Fork of

the Snoqualmie River. Dunn's congressional aide said the study must be

completed before the city can start on a construction project.

Other projects receiving money include:

• $1.5 million for pre-design of the additional water storage

project at Howard Hanson Dam. The project will increase water storage at the

dam, as well as making fish passage and habitat improvements.

• $300,000 to the city of Renton, which reimburses the city

for mitigation costs associated with the overdredging of the Cedar River

by the Army Corps of Engineers. The overdredging damaged salmon

habitat, forcing the city to pay for improvements.

• $220,000 to the Duwamish-Green Rivers Ecosystem to conduct

a salmon restoration study.

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