McDaniel Slough Project gets $75,000 Wetlands Conservation Act grant

Arcata gets $75,000 Wetlands Conservation Act Grant for McDaniel Slough Project

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2012 

$75,000 NORTH AMERICAN WETLANDS CONSERVATION ACT GRANT HELPS COMPLETE CITY’S McDANIEL SLOUGH PROJECT

The City of Arcata’s multi-phase McDaniel Slough Restoration and Enhancement Project was the only California project to receive a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) federal grant earlier this month. The 1989 NAWCA provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico to benefit wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. The City’s $75,000 matching grant will be used to restore tidal wetlands and enhance fresh water marshes on over 300 acres between Humboldt Bay’s north tip and Samoa Boulevard.

The over 200 tidal marshland acres this project restores will benefit local and migrating birds and fish, some of which have been put onto endangered or threatened species lists. Today, less than 1,000 acres of Humboldt Bay’s salt marsh remain. The McDaniel Slough project is one of the community’s best opportunities to restore this coastal landscape because the site is not limited by the railroad or Highway 101, which cut off most of the Bay’s former tidelands.

City Environmental Services Director Mark André says. “We are very pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to support this project.”

The $75,000 NAWCA federal grant is matched by over $85,000 in contributions from the Redwood Region Audubon Society, the Friends of the Arcata Marsh, the California Department of Fish and Game and the City of Arcata. The McDaniel Slough Restoration and Enhancement Project also received over $1,500,000 in contributions and in-kind support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Coastal Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, California Department of Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information on the McDaniel Slough Restoration and Enhancement Program, go to the City of Arcata website at www.cityofarcata.org.

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