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GEODUCK PROGRAM HELPS FUND $1.12 MILLION IN GRANTS; 22 PROJECTS IN 16 COUNTIES APPROVED

 GEODUCK PROGRAM HELPS FUND $1.12 MILLION IN GRANTS;
 22 PROJECTS IN 16 COUNTIES APPROVED
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Revenue generated through the state's geoduck program will help fund 22 aquatic lands enhancement projects during 1992, Commissioner of Public Lands Brian Boyle announced. The projects, which provide public access, environmental protection/education and recreational opportunities, will receive grants from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) totaling more than $1 million.
 Fifty percent of the account is funded by geoduck sales from state-managed aquatic lands. Additional revenue for the account is generated from leases on state lands for commercial docks and piers, log storage and boat moorage as well as the sale of aquatic land resources such as sand, gravel and shellfish.
 Six of the grant winners are in Eastern Washington; 16 are in Western Washington.
 "The public receives a direct benefit from these aquatic lands," said Boyle. "This innovative program enhances the aquatic lands resource across the state by providing environmental protection and increasing public access."
 Boyle formally announced the 1991-92 grant recipients Saturday at a speech to the "20 Years of Shoreline Management" conference held in Everett, Wash. ALEA grants were first awarded in 1985.
 This year's grants total $1.12 million. Six of the grants were awarded to help pay for interpretive projects, such as signs and educational materials. The other 16 will go toward acquiring land or developing public access to aquatic lands. The projects include waterfront parks, boardwalks, wetland trails and handicapped- accessible piers. To be eligible for ALEA grants, projects must be sponsored by local or state government agencies or Indian tribes.
 King and Clallam counties each have three projects selected for 1991-92 ALEA funding. Snohomish and Douglas counties each have two projects. Whitman, Asotin, Skagit, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Skamania, Cowlitz, Whatcom, Okanogan, Stevens, Chelan and Pierce counties are home to one project chosen for ALEA funding this year.
 The projects selected for ALEA grants include:

 PUBLIC ACCESS PROJECTS
Sponsor Project County Grant $
Clallam County Dungeness R.R. Bridge Park Clallam 28,125
Douglas County Porter's Pond Shoreline Trail Douglas 75,000
City of Pt. Angeles Waterfront Trail - Phase VI Clallam 75,000
Whitman County Wawawai County Park Whitman 40,616
 Interpretive Development
Asotin County Buffalo Eddy Access Area Asotin 65,987
Skagit County Cottonwood Island Acquisition Skagit 58,695
City of Ilwaco Fishing & Observation Dock Pacific 9,300
 (handicapped accessible)
Snohomish County Spencer Island Bridge Snohomish 75,000
Makah Indian Tribe Shi Shi Beach Access Trail Clallam 75,000
State Parks Damon Point - Phase 2 Grays Harbor25,000
Skamania County Rock Cove Pathway Skamania 68,700
City of Kent Riverwalk Park King 75,000
City of Kelso Riverfront Park Development Cowlitz 74,975
King County Cottage Lake Acquisition King 75,000
City of Everson Everson Riverside Park Whatcom 65,315
City of Okanogan Alma Waterfront Enhancement Okangan 62,957
 INTERPRETIVE PROJECTS
City of Kettle Falls Meyers Falls Dam Interp. Ctr. Stevens 25,312
City of Seattle TIDEPOOL - Seattle Aquarium King 30,000
City of Leavenworth Waterfront Park Interp. Trail Chelan 27,959
City of Monroe Al Borlin Nature Trail Snohomish 30,000
Douglas County Porter's Pond Interp. Area Douglas 29,934
Tacoma Park Dist. Titlow Park Aquatic Interp. Pierce 30,000
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 /CONTACT: Peter B. Summerville or Sandi Snell, of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington State IN: SU:


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