Puget Sound Regional Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2012
Contact
: Michele Leslie Potter 206-587-4819, mlesliepotter@psrc.org

Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Wins VISION 2040 Award

SEATTLE -Mukilteo, Paine Field Airport, and Edmonds Community College have won a 2012 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Improvement Project. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

The Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Improvement Project is the result of a partnership to eliminate fish barriers and daylight the Japanese Gulch Creek with the hopes of returning salmon to a stream as part of the environmental mitigation for Paine Field. During the project, the remnants of an early 1900s lumber worker community were found. Edmonds Community College joined the project to train students to remove historic artifacts as part of its anthropology and archaeology field training program.

“This project created an innovative model for multiple levels of government and civic interests working together to achieve community environmental, cultural and educational goals,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright, Chair of the VISION 2040 Awards Selection Committee.

Japanese Gulch Award

VISION 2040 is the region’s growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040 (compared to the 3.7 million people living here today). It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region – promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region. In 2012, PSRC will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.

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