Rep. Schrier Secures Funding for Six Local Projects in House Appropriations’ Bills

June 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) today announced that six of her requested Community Project Funding (CPF) priorities have been included in the House Interior and Agriculture initial funding bills. The bills will be considered on the House floor in July. Further information on Rep. Schrier’s additional requests will be announced in mid-July when more spending bills are released. 

“I am so happy that I could go to bat for the 8th District by including these important projects in this year’s government funding bill,” said Rep. Schrier. “Community Project Funding provides the opportunity to directly identify projects that are most important for our district and state. Local governments and nonprofits know our communities’ needs best, and that is why I went directly to them for recommendations about what our federal budget should prioritize. I am especially grateful to my Advisory Board for their dedication to our district and for prioritizing such tremendous projects. I’m thrilled about these six projects and am hopeful we’ll have good news about my four other priorities next month.”

In March, Rep. Schrier announced that her office would gather project suggestions from throughout the 8th district for consideration in the new Community Project Funding federal initiative. Rep. Schrier’s office received almost 80 projects and an independent advisory board made recommendations on the top projects to be submitted to the Appropriations Committee.

The six projects included in the Interior and Agriculture funding bills are:

  • Snoqualmie Valley Trail Channel Widening and Wetland Creation/Enhancement Project, North Bend, WA
    • This project would widen and realign a stormwater drainage area next to a wetland that often backs up during storm events which affects the wetland health
    • Awarded: $225,000
  • Renewable Natural Gas Conversion and Methane Gas Recovery at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, Ellensburg, WA
    • This funding would be used by the City of Ellensburg for the necessary infrastructure upgrades to efficiently take excess biogas (methane) through a scrubbing process and create a renewable resource, Renewable Natural Gas, offsetting the use of fossil gas
    • Awarded: $840,000
  • Sammamish Plateau Water PFAS Treatment Plant, Sammamish, WA
    • This project will allow the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District to construct a water treatment plant to remove PFAS, a chemical that can pose health risks, from its wells so that its customers will have safe drinking water
    • Awarded: $1,585,000
  • Cle Elum Ridge Phase 1: Roslyn/Ronald/Cle Elum Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Roslyn, WA
    • This funding will reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and to improve forest health through activities including thinning and mastication, prescribed burning, prescribed fire workforce development, and the implementation of a chipper program
    • Awarded: $750,000
  • The Fiber Expansion Project, Entiat, WA
    • This remote area of Chelan does not have access to high-speed broadband or cellular service so this project will design and build the fiber-based infrastructure to serve a minimum of 220 homes with the excess system capacity to meet new growth in the area
    • Awarded: $1,286,390
  • Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) Food Bank and Food Pantry Expansion Project, Ellensburg, WA
    • FISH Food Bank currently distributes more than 1 million pounds of food to the five food pantries in Kittitas County so the funds will be used to construct a larger warehouse for more efficient storage and distribution of food
    • Awarded: $900,000

More information about the projects and the CPF process can be found here: https://schrier.house.gov/services/appropriation-request