City Receives NOAA Grant for Wetlands Restoration

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2010

City of Arcata Receives $275,000 from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Estuary Restoration Act 

(Arcata, CA) – With support from Congressmen Mike Thompson (D – St. Helena), the City of Arcata received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Estuary Restoration Act to restore and enhance coastal wetland habitats on the northern Humboldt Bay.

Construction is underway on the fourth phase of the McDaniel Slough project which will deepen historic slough channels, remove barriers to fish access, restore historic tidal and freshwater wetlands and restore anadromous fish (fish that use both fresh and salt water habitats) to McDaniel Slough / Janes Creek.  The final project will restore 222 acres of former tidelands and 69 acres of brackish and freshwater wetlands.

The project is located in and adjacent to the southwest corner of the City of Arcata and the Department of Fish and Game Mad River Slough Wildlife Area in northwestern California on the north edge of Humboldt Bay. Additional project partners and funders include the City of Arcata, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), California Coastal Conservancy (SCC), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Wildlife Conservation Board, Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA), and CalTrans.

The Estuary Restoration Act was passed by the United States Congress in 2000 to:
* promote a coordinated Federal approach to estuary habitat restoration;
* forge effective partnerships among public agencies and between the public and private sectors;
* provide financial and technical assistance for estuary habitat restoration projects; and,
* develop and enhance monitoring and research capabilities.
The Estuary Habitat Restoration Grants are funded through the Estuary Restoration Council comprised of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Department of Interior (DOI), United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and United States
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 

For more information, please call the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or email eservices@cityofarcata.org.

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