Bainbridge receives habitat award

The city of Bainbridge Island was awarded an Excellence in Restoration prize by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The annual honor recognizes the city’s efforts with two shoreline habitat-restoration projects.

One project addressed was Strawberry Plant Park, and the other was Pritchard Park.

Each effort removed harmful bulkheads and debris and restored natural intertidal habitats.

The projects aim to help restore species such as Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound region.

The restoration projects were funded by the Elliott Bay Trustee Council, which provided $813,000 for the efforts.

The council will continue to fund project monitoring and maintenance.

More than $564,000 was also provided by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

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