King County funds river restoration in Auburn

The funds come from a voter-approved parks levy.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced two grants for a total of $8.2 million for 37 community-led projects, including the restoration of the Lower Green River in Auburn.

The aim of these projects is to increase open space and parks, expand recreational facilities and protect and restore floodplain habitat, according to the county. These grants are funded by the voter-approved parks levy and were approved by the King County Council on Aug. 16.

“These grants are investments in the places where friends and families gather today, and in better habitats for fish and wildlife tomorrow,” Constantine said. “Just this year, we’ve invested nearly $30 million in parks grants that will strengthen community partnerships, increase recreational opportunities, and preserve and protect the places that make this part of the world so special.”

Funds for restoring the Green River will come from the Open Space and River Corridors Fund ,which supports outreach and education regarding floodplain management projects that reduce flood risks and improve habitat.

In addition to restoring the riparian habitat along the Green River in Auburn, the project will also connect diverse youth to green jobs training and connect the community to salmon recovery efforts.

“Today’s approval of parks levy grants is another step in our mission to make sure that everyone in King County can enjoy the outdoors and recreation opportunities, while we preserve the unparalleled beauty and important functions of our environment for generations to come,” said King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci.