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Grant to fund watershed repair.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $795,000 grant for watershed restoration projects in the Siuslaw River basin on the central Oregon Coast.

The money will support the work of the Siuslaw Watershed Restoration Initiative, a collaboration of public agencies and private groups.

The coalition had applied for $1.3 million from EPA's Targeted Watersheds Grant Program for basinwide projects to improve the health and vitality of water resources.

The grant will fund efforts to restore 30 miles of stream and streamside habitat, protect and restore a 5-mile estuary corridor and thin previously logged forests to promote stands of large trees across 10,000 acres.

The initiative didn't receive money to repair 20 culverts and 30 miles of roads to restore natural drainage.

Partners in the initiative are the Siuslaw Watershed Council, the U.S. Soil and Water Conservation District, the Siuslaw Institute of Watershed Arts and Sciences, the Siuslaw National Forest, the Pacific Coast Watershed Partnership, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and Ecotrust, a Portland-based group that promotes conservation that ensures a healthy economy.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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