Politics & Government

$2.3 million could go to flood authority

Gov. Chris Gregoire allocated $2.3 million in her proposed budget last week to the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority.

The Legislature would have to include the allocation in its own budget in the session beginning in January before the funding would be final.

The flood authority is scheduled to have allocated all of its initial $2.5 million by June. Since receiving funding in 2008, the authority, comprised of 11 jurisdictions in Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor counties, has spent the majority of its money on studies into a water retention project, hydraulic model of the lower stretch of the Chehalis River and the basin ecosystem.

Just over $900,000 has or is scheduled to be spent on consulting services through its facilitator ESA Adolfson through the middle of next year.

About $250,000 was invested in the Lewis County PUD’s study into building dams at two points along the river, in addition to the $75,000 spent to study the ecosystem’s resources.