The Nisqually Estuary Restoration Team will receive national accolades for outstanding efforts to restore and protect the coastal environment on Saturday Dec. 10 at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. The team will receive the Coastal America Partnership Award, the only award of its kind presented by the Obama administration for on-the-ground environmental restoration partnership projects.
The award ceremony and a tour will showcase the 900-acre restoration site. The ceremony will feature officials from the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nisqually Indian Tribe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nisqually River Council.
In October 2009, the Brown Farm Dike was removed after a century of blocking tidal flow, allowing the tides to return to over 760 acres of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Along with 190 acres of wetlands restored by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Nisqually Delta represents the largest estuary restoration project in the Pacific Northwest to assist in recovery of Puget Sound salmon and wildlife populations.
- Virginia Tippie, Coastal America Director
- Jim Kurth, Deputy Director of Operations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Cynthia Iyall, Chairwoman of the Nisqually Tribe
- Tom Eaton, EPA Washington State Director
- Jean Takekawa, Refuge Manager, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
- David Troutt,Chair, Nisqually River Council
WHAT: Coastal America Award Ceremony for Nisqually Estuary Restoration Team and tour of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
WHEN: Saturday Dec. 10. The ceremony will commence at 1:00pm, followed by a media tour of the refuge.
WHERE: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Google Map: http://g.co/maps/ps5gx
From Interstate 5 southbound, take exit 114. Make a right at the traffic light, go under the freeway and make a right into the refuge. Follow the entrance road to the two public parking lots.
From Interstate 5 northbound, take exit 114. Make a left at the stop sign, go under the highway and make a right into the refuge. Follow the entrance road to the two public parking lots.