Port of Olympia and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are partnering on a habitat restoration project at Mission Creek in Priest Point Park. The port is paying $120,000 toward the project and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board will provide the remaining $60,000.

“This habitat restoration project will remove an earthen road and culvert built early in the 20th century, open the creek to fish passage and return the area to estuarine functioning,” said Alexandra Smith, the port’s senior environmental program manager and environmental legal counsel. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

The grant to the port was among nearly $30 million in Salmon Recovery Funding Board funding to organizations throughout the state to help restore  salmon habitat, protect pristine areas and put people to work.

Funding for the grants comes from the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and from the sale of state bonds.