King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. An ordinance authorizing funding for 23 new community projects was approved by the King County Council on May 29.
Twenty-three local environmental projects that protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities will receive funding through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program.
The King County Council passed an ordinance to approve the funding on May 29, green-lighting work on projects around the region that will include restoring damaged habitat, building green infrastructure and providing youth education and internship opportunities.
Projects that reflect a variety of approaches to protecting and improving water quality in the region include:
- World Relief, a refugee resettlement organization, received $144,227 to install large rain gardens at an old church parking lot in Kent, which reduces polluted runoff and protects local streams. The church has a new community garden that’s providing food and kinship to newly arrived immigrants and refugees, as well as a green infrastructure to irrigate the gardens and reduce stormwater runoff.
- The University of Washington’s Green Futures Research and Design Lab received $236,000 to collaborate with tribes, local agencies, and community groups on a project to restore threatened urban shoreline with native sweetgrass and other plants.
- The Pacific Science Center received $97,381 to partner with the Bellevue School District and UW Bothell on a program that engages high school students in local environmental issues through stream monitoring, ecosystem restoration and youth education.
King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program provides funding to organizations for water quality projects that benefit the ratepayers and also protect and improve water quality within its 420-square-mile service area. Cities, nonprofit organizations, schools, tribal governments are eligible to apply. Partnerships are encouraged, and key criteria include community involvement and support.
Program funding represents up to one-and-a-half percent of WTD’s annual operating budget. The grant funds are designated for the purpose of water quality improvement activities, programs and projects. With these latest projects, a total of 105 projects have received $7.6 million in WaterWorks funding since 2015.
- WaterWorks Grants Program: www.kingcounty.gov/waterworks-grants