OLYMPIA, Wash. —Seven Central Washington projects are scheduled to receive more than $1 million in state grants to improve water quality, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.
The funding from three different state accounts is not final until the Legislature makes the appropriation by the end of the current session.
Proposed funding is set aside to upgrade the city of Yakima wastewater treatment plan floodplain at a cost of $249,000. The other Yakima County project is a North Yakima Conservation District grant for $61,000 to improve water quality in Cowiche Creek.
The Kittitas County Conservation District is to receive a $233,000 grant to make improvements to Coleman Creek. Four Klickitat County projects are in line for more than $600,000 to conduct water-quality management and monitoring.
The projects are among 72 statewide scheduled to receive $162 million in grants and loans.
Ecology Director Maia Bellon said the work will support 1,782 jobs, including construction jobs.
“This funding grows new jobs while it protects the health of our waters and Puget Sound. And it directly ties in with our state’s priority to create and sustain job growth,” Bellon said in a department news release.