Tuesday March 19, 2024

The Olympian

A federal grant will allow Lummi Nation biologists to conduct habitat restoration in the Nooksack River basin and study how that affects Chinook salmon egg-to-fry survival.

Lummi Nation is receiving $9.8 million for its South Fork Nooksack watershed project, part of more than $32 million awarded last week to Indigenous tribes in Washington state to fight the effects of climate change, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell said in a statement issued Friday.

Funding for the grants was included in the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which were signature programs of the Biden administration. Cantwell and Murray, both Democrats, championed the program in Congress.

“As climate change disrupts even more of our daily lives, we have a responsibility to tribal communities to ensure they have the resources and support they need to adapt to the changing climate,” Murray said in the statement.

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