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