Federal funds for Cowlitz River sediment monitoring on track for second year

The Daily News

The Cowlitz River sediment monitoring survey will be federally funded again this year, putting the project back on track after a span of years when the federal government did not allocate the needed money.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced in a Wednesday press release that the FY22 Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriations bill included two Southwest Washington projects: sediment monitoring of the lower Cowlitz River and a turning basin navigation improvement project on the Columbia River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been monitoring how much sediment still is sluicing off Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption and into local waterways, as it presents a flooding danger to downstream communities.