King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci announced this week that the City of Redmond is a recipient of the 2017 WaterWorks Grant program as part of King County’s efforts to improve regional water quality.
The City, which will has been awarded $100,000 through the WaterWorks program, will use those funds to build a regional stormwater facility that includes several “vaults” that will hold various water treatment stations. The facility will retrofit 300 acres of Redmond’s portion of the Kelsey Creek basin to meet new Washington State Department of Ecology standards for water flow control, as well as providing stormwater treatment for the basin. These practices will help keep the salmon and trout found in Kelsey Creek healthy and prosperous.
“I am pleased that Redmond has been awarded these funds and has plans to use them to their full potential.” Said King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, who helped select the project. “The grant will help clean our water and provide recycled water to enrich our natural environment. This project will help create a healthy environment for salmon while also adding sustainable water solutions.”
“Redmond thanks the King County Council for its award of grant funding for the Overlake Station Infiltration Vault,” stated Mayor John Marchione. “Together with city utility funds, this stormwater infiltration vault and associated treatment facilities will improve water quality in Redmond as well as Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek and help reduce flooding in the streets of Bellevue.”
The County Council awarded approximately $2 million for a variety of projects to support investments in clean water and the King County community. The WaterWorks Grant Program provides funding to organizations for projects that protect and improve water quality within King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s service area, and that benefit its ratepayers. Non-profits, schools and educational institutions, cities, counties, tribes, and special purpose districts are eligible to apply. Partnerships are encouraged, and a key criteria for awardees include community involvement and environmental support.