Efforts to protect and restore them are severely underfunded. Coastal communities have worked tirelessly for decades with limited funding to improve the health of our lands and waters. Yet we’ve lacked consistent funding to address our diverse, ongoing restoration needs.
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There is an equally urgent need to improve the economic health of our region. The Coast continues to experience the highest unemployment in the state. Given the urgency of both of these needs, we need a proactive approach to restoration that:
Addresses the region’s highest priority restoration needs;
Leverages existing funding; and
Puts people to work on the coast, restoring our lands and waters.
A PROACTIVE APPROACH
The goal of the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative is to restore forests, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat through the highest priority projects in the region. These projects will both provide restoration jobs to local people now and will ensure sustainable natural resource jobs in the future. A coalition of partners from across the Coast has developed a comprehensive database of restoration and sustainable job needs and seeks funding for prioritized projects that will conduct critical restoration work and provide good-paying restoration and sustainable natural resource jobs, as the work will help ensure the resources remain healthy and abundant.
The Capital Budget request for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative would provide more than $15 million to leverage more than $6 million in existing federal, state and private resources and will significantly scale up restoration across a suite of diverse restoration projects. These projects enjoy support from local governments, the conservation community, the fishing industry, tribes, watershed groups and state and federal agencies.