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City of Auburn Awarded $532,000 Ecology Grant for Mill Creek Stream Restoration Project

The City of Auburn has been notified that the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Floodplain Management and Control Competitive Grant Program has awarded the City $532,000 for construction of the Mill Creek Wetland 5K Reach Stream Restoration project. Auburn was chosen along with 12 other jurisdictions to receive funding for projects that reduce flood risk and assist in managing floodplains.

“I am proud that our staff works so hard to find such innovative ways to secure funding for our projects,” said Mayor Nancy Backus. “This is another important step in making Auburn safer in our flood prone areas.”

The Mill Creek project in Auburn is a partnership between the City and the Seattle District of the Army Corps of Engineers to restore the portion of Mill Creek located largely with the Auburn Environmental Park. The Mill Creek drainage is a flood prone area with significant developments like the Emerald Downs thoroughbred racetrack, and infrastructure such as SR 167, 15th St. NW at risk. The project will substantially reduce flood hazards while enhancing conditions for fish and wildlife. In the end, the project will provide 17.5 acre-feet of additional flood storage within the floodplain, and enhance the ecosystem functions of the creek by creating more complex stream habitat, establishing native vegetation in the riparian areas, and improving fish passage.

“The Department of Ecology informed us that they received 45 applications totaling $39,201,153 in requests and had a little over  $10.9 million to award this year,” said Chris Andersen, Auburn’s Environmental Services Manager. “We feel very fortunate to have been chosen for funding.”

About the Floodplain Management and Control Competitive Grant Program

The program was created by the State Legislature in 2013 based on two key objectives:  to provide cost-effective hazard reduction to people, property, critical facilities, and transportation corridors; while achieving multiple benefits, including salmon recovery, water quality improvements, habitat restoration, and channel migration zone protection; and to improve the coordination and leveraging of state, federal and local programs and funding directed towards floodplain efforts.

See below for the complete list of awarded projects:  (alphabetical order)

Auburn, Mill Creek


Chelan Co., Nason Creek *


Ellensburg, Reecer Creek


Kitsap Co., Clear Creek


Pierce Co. Puyallup River


Seattle, Thornton Confluence


Tulalip Tribe, Qwuloolt


Wahkiakum CD, Skamokawa


Whatcom Co. FCZD, Deming


Yakima, Shaw Creek


Yakima Co., Naches R. N-9 Levee


Yakima Co. Ramblers Park


Yakima Co. Y-9 Levee


For more information on the Floodplain Management and Control Competitive Grants Program, visit the project webpagelinks to external site.

For more information on Auburn’s Environmental Programs, visit www.auburnwa.gov/environment or call Chris Andersen at 253-876-1962.