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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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