The Nisqually Estuary Restoration Team received national honor from Obama administration for their exceptional and outstanding hard work to restore and protect the 900 acres of tidal habitat In the Nisqually Delta. "The restoration of the Nisqually Estuary and delta system is striking," said Virginia Tippie, Coastal America Director. "It is an example of an opportunity that resulted from critical community needs and the development of key partnerships." It was a long 15 year project that was led in the association of Federal, state, tribal, non-profit and local scientists and officials to make the Nisqually Delta to a more neutral state.
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 were in attendance, as were representatives of all 17 partners on the team. 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. This partnership effort was an important step in the recovery of Puget Sound.
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