The Washington State Department of Ecology has awarded 25 grants worth approximately $2.8 million to cities, fire departments, ports, tribes, and other public agencies and enterprises to help in their efforts to respond to oil spills, hazardous material emergencies, and fires.
In the South Sound, the following organizations were awarded grants: West Pierce Fire and Rescue ($107,000 for air monitoring and decontamination equipment); North Mason Regional Fire Authority ($12,500 for firefighting foam and absorbent materials); Graham Fire and Rescue ($295,000 for a trailer for hazardous material response equipment, tow vehicle, and training); and Pierce County Fire District 5 ($54,999 for hazardous material identification equipment).
Similarly, the Department of Ecology awarded $80,000 in Coastal Protection Fund grants to help finance four environmental restoration projects. One $15,000 grant will help remove hundreds of derelict crab pots from the marine waters in Puget Sound, while a $10,000 grant will help restore the health of Olequa Creek in Lewis County following a warehouse fire and oil spill three years ago.
A complete list of grant recipients is available online here.