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Local clean water projects get state funding

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Local clean water projects get state funding

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Department of Ecology has a new list of clean water projects that will get funding now that the state Legislature has passed a budget.

Seven projects in Whatcom County are on the list.

Bellingham is getting more than $2 million in grant and loan money to re-route and restore a degraded stream channel of Squalicum Creek.

Sandy Howard with Ecology says the work will improve the stream’s problems with temperature and fish habitat.

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Howard says the projects will improve water quality and create jobs.

Bellingham is also getting a $1.6 million low-interest loan to upgrade old storm water systems.

Everson is getting a $2.3 million loan to improve its wastewater treatment plant.

Blaine will get a $256,000 grant to prevent pollution from getting into Drayton Harbor and affecting the shellfish there.