Senator Patty Murray D, WA) recently announced that she has included $1.7 million in funding to help protect and restore the marine waters, habitats and species of the Northwest Straits region. The funding will support local project priorities in Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. The funding was included in the 2008 Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. Senator Murray is a member of the Appropriations Committee.
"The Northwest Straits Initiative is a grass-roots effort with a proven track record," Murray stated. "This funding will help support stewardship and restoration projects that are based on sound science and community based decision-making. Restoring and protecting the Northwest Straits is a priority for Washington State, and I am proud to provide federal support."