NORTH BAY – Two federal appropriations bills contain $22.75 million for North Bay water and parks projects, including $14.25 million for restoring wetlands at a former Novato air force base, $5.14 million for the dam at Lake Sonoma and $750,000 for upgrading trails and facilities at Fort Baker in Sausalito.
Funding from the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3183), which the House of Representatives passed July 17 on a 320-97 vote, includes:
- $14,250,000 to use clean dredged sediment from San Francisco Bay to restore wetlands at the former Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato.
- $5,139,000 to continue safe operation of Warm Springs Dam at Lake Sonoma and make needed changes in salmon-breeding operations in the hatchery at the base of the dam.
- $500,000 for flood control on Corte Madera Creek.
- $1,500,000 for flood control on the Petaluma River.
- $200,000 to fund a feasibility study for a plan to restore the Bolinas Lagoon ecosystem.
- Continued funding for a feasibility study for a flood control project on the Las Gallianas Creek
The Senate had its first readings of the bill July 20.
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3288) passed the House late Thursday on a 256-168 vote. It includes:
- $750,000 for improvements at Fort Baker, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The money is aimed at rebuilding parts of the trail system, augment public facilities and improve infrastructure for recreation and public programs.
“Fort Baker is an amazing example of historic preservation united with state-of-the- art green building and technology. It remains a community asset for nearby Sausalito, and yet it is a national treasure,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma.
House appropriations bills being passed now are expected to be taken up in the Senate in September, according to congressional spokesmen.
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