The Coastal America Partnership has recognized the work of the Nisqually Estuary Restoration Team , which includes Thurston County as a member of the Nisqually River Council, for planning, funding and implementing the restoration of more than 900 acres of tidal habitat, “the largest ongoing estuary restoration project in the Pacific Northwest.”

Coastal America also praised the restoration team for reconnecting “hundreds of acres of estuary habitat with the tides of Puget Sound after an absence of more than a century.”
“This recognition is huge,” said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero. “The award demonstrates that by working together big things can get accomplished. Many of the local watersheds directed funding to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge project that
would have gone to their individual projects.”
 
Restoration team members include the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Ducks Unlimited, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other state and local organizations.

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