Congressman visits Upper Skagit restoration project

Rep. Rick Larsen and Skagit County Commissioner Sharon Dillon watch juvenile fish swim in a new channel of Hansen Creek.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen visited the Hansen Creek restoration site yesterday to learn about the Upper Skagit Tribe’s work with Skagit County and other agencies to restore salmon habitat and create jobs.

The Hansen Creek project received $988,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Larsen heard from the tribe’s natural resources director Doreen Maloney and Skagit County Commissioner Sharon Dillon, among others.

The Skagit Valley Herald

About a dozen people, including U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, waded through thick clover and around thistle bushes Thursday to get a glimpse of how federal stimulus dollars are helping complete one local project around Hansen Creek.

About $988,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money was invested in the $3 million Hansen Creek project with the aim of restoring salmon habitat, protecting downstream agriculture and increasing floodwater storage in the area.