Larsen Secures nearly $700K to Fix Eroding Agate Beach Lane on Lopez Island

Posted July 26, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Large rocks that bury much of the public beach at Agate County Park in 2019 were planned to be removed once the road is relocated away from the eroding bluff, restoring the site for people and nature. Friends of the San Juans, Contributed in 2019.

From Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office

July 21, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced he has secured $10,662,665 for ten Sec­ond Dis­trict projects in the Fis­cal Year 2022 House appro­pri­a­tions bills, includ­ing near­ly $700,000 to repair an erod­ing Lopez Island road. 

“My pri­or­i­ty in shap­ing spend­ing bills is to invest in local com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate well-pay­ing jobs and pro­vide vital ser­vices in North­west Wash­ing­ton,” said Larsen. “I will con­tin­ue to cham­pi­on these crit­i­cal projects to ensure com­mu­ni­ties can build and strength­en vital infra­struc­ture, improve res­i­dents’ health out­comes, pro­vide basic ser­vices to the home­less and mit­i­gate the harm­ful effects of cli­mate change.”

The bills include the fol­low­ing appro­pri­a­tions to sup­port North­west Wash­ing­ton communities:

  • $694,480 for the MacK­aye Har­bor Water District’s Agate Beach Lane infra­struc­ture improve­ments on Lopez Island. The Water Dis­trict will relo­cate water infra­struc­ture away from a road that is cur­rent­ly fail­ing due to coastal erosion.
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  • $2,000,000 for Phase II con­struc­tion of Com­pass Health’s advanced facil­i­ty for Inten­sive Behav­ioral Health Ser­vices in Everett. The five-sto­ry, 82,000 square foot build­ing will accom­mo­date a range of inte­grat­ed emer­gency and pre­ven­tive out­pa­tient behav­ioral health care services.
  • $2,000,000 for the City of Mount­lake Terrace’s tran­sit con­nec­tion project. The City will con­struct a pedes­tri­an plaza adja­cent to the new light rail sta­tion and light­ed, paved pedes­tri­an trails through Vet­er­ans Memo­r­i­al Park.
  • $2,000,000 for con­struc­tion of Uni­ty Care NW’s The Way Sta­tion in Belling­ham. The Way Sta­tion will pro­vide med­ical respite, a hygiene cen­ter, health care, long-term hous­ing sup­ports and case man­age­ment for indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies expe­ri­enc­ing homelessness.
  • $1,740,000 for the Samish Indi­an Nation’s State Route 20 – Camp­bell Lake Road Round­about project. The Samish will con­struct a three-legged round­about at the inter­sec­tion of State Route 20 and Camp­bell Lake Road.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Lynnwood’s Scriber Creek Trail rede­vel­op­ment project. The City will rede­vel­op the exist­ing trail cor­ri­dor into a 16’ wide, ADA-acces­si­ble trail with durable, slip-resis­tant hard sur­faces. Where cross­ing Scriber Creek and asso­ci­at­ed wet­lands, the trail will be con­struct­ed on ele­vat­ed bridge/boardwalk structures.

  • $500,000 for the City of Sedro-Woolley’s Olm­st­ed Park devel­op­ment project. The City will devel­op an exist­ing 14.81-acre city-owned prop­er­ty into a des­ti­na­tion park for pub­lic use.
  • $346,625 for the Goose­foot Com­mu­ni­ty Fund’s com­mu­ni­ty kitchen project in Lan­g­ley. Goose­foot Com­mu­ni­ty Fund will cre­ate a com­mer­cial kitchen to help local farm­ers, pro­duc­ers and small busi­ness­es increase food resilien­cy on Whid­bey Island.
  • $245,560 for the City of Everett’s Pal­lets to Hous­ing ini­tia­tive. In efforts to com­bat the cri­sis of home­less­ness and pro­vide suit­able shel­ter, the City is pilot­ing an ini­tia­tive uti­liz­ing low-bar­ri­er shel­ters to tem­porar­i­ly house hard-to-place indi­vid­u­als and cou­ples. The City plans to expand this pilot project to devel­op a new and dif­fer­ent loca­tion to ben­e­fit youth and fam­i­lies who are expe­ri­enc­ing homelessness.
  • $136,000 for the Port of Coupeville’s reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the His­toric Coupeville Wharf. The Port will replace approx­i­mate­ly 400 feet of water and sew­er pip­ing that runs along the His­toric Coupeville Whar­f’s causeway.

Larsen received more than 100 project fund­ing requests from state and local gov­ern­ments and eli­gi­ble non­prof­it enti­ties across the Sec­ond Dis­trict. Under guide­lines issued by the Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee, Larsen request­ed fund­ing for the max­i­mum of ten local projects for Fis­cal Year 2022. In com­pli­ance with House Rules and Com­mit­tee require­ments, Larsen cer­ti­fied that nei­ther he, his spouse nor any­one in his imme­di­ate fam­i­ly have a finan­cial inter­est in any of the projects he requested.

The inclu­sion of this fund­ing in the Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee draft bills is the first step in the fund­ing process. Larsen will con­tin­ue to fight for this fund­ing as the bills move to the full Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee, con­sid­er­a­tion on the House Floor and nego­ti­a­tions with the Senate.

For more infor­ma­tion on the reforms gov­ern­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Project Fund­ing for Fis­cal Year 2022, click here.

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