North Bay water, parks projects could get nearly $23 million in federal funds

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

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