WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) announced her Community Project Funding (CPF) priorities for this fiscal year. Community Project Funding provides the opportunity for Representatives to directly identify important local projects that can benefit from federal funding. All 10 of Rep. Schrier’s priorities from last year were funded as part of the government funding bill that was signed into law in March.
“I am excited to announce these projects as my community funding priorities. It is a wide-ranging list of deserving project proposals that will help residents and communities throughout the 8th District,” said Rep. Schrier. “Local governments and nonprofits know our communities’ needs best. That’s why I went directly to them to know what our federal budget should prioritize. Also, a special thank you to my Advisory Board for their dedication to our district and for helping to select such worthy projects.”
In April, Rep. Schrier’s office announced that it was accepting proposals for projects that were interested in receiving federal funding. Rep. Schrier’s office received over 60 project proposals and an independent advisory board recommended 15 of them to be submitted to the Appropriations Committee. This is the first step in the process. The Appropriations Committee will soon begin their process of crafting and debating funding bills. More information should be available about which projects are included in the Appropriations bills in the coming months.
Projects Relevant to Auburn Are:
- Muckleshoot Tribe’s Water Improvements, Auburn: Current drinking water systems are in critical need for upgrades and system redundancy improvements to sustain water consumption use to over three thousand Tribal citizens, as well as community members residing or co-residing in Tribal housing
- Crisis Response Team, King County: Crisis response teams enhance the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to respond to crime, prioritizing property and violent crimes, while simultaneously helping to improve outcomes for individuals in crisis and reducing use of force incidents by law enforcement. Funding would allow King County to expand co-response programs to East King County communities, including Maple Valley, Covington, and Sammamish.
- King County Sheriff’s Body Worn Cameras, King County: King County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Washington State not using body worn camera (BWC) technology. Funding would allow earlier deployment to a wider geography, making it possible for BWCs to be deployed in areas of south and east King County sooner than anticipated. Body worn cameras bring transparency and accountability to law enforcement and assist with documentation for deputies. The program will create 7-9 new full-time positions.
(in alphabetical order)
- The Market Farm to Fork and Smart Locker Program, Buckley: This program will invest in greenhouse infrastructure to allow for year-round food production which will lead to lower food purchasing costs and increase food security resilience. Additional investments in smart lockers will keep food fresh and safe for family pickups.
- Issaquah Valley Aquifer, Issaquah: This project will add two improvements to the existing Granular Activated Carbon PFAS treatment system to prevent freezing and connect the backwash process waste to the sewer. Keeping the current well in operation and upgrading the existing PFAS treatment system will reduce demand on neighboring utilities, mitigate PFAS in the water supply for residents, and make sure that residents in the city of Issaquah have access to clean water.
- Creek Restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah: Issaquah Creek has been identified by King County Surface Water Management as one of its three most important watersheds. This park is a critical source of shelter, food, and habitat for wildlife amid rapid urban growth. In-stream restoration will directly benefit the regional economy through jobs and purchase of local materials while the 1.3 million annual visitors to the park support Washington’s outdoor recreation sector.
- Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s Child Development Center Expansion, Snoqualmie: The expansion of the Snoqualmie Tribe’s child care center will increase capacity in the center to help meet the increased demand from working families. Additionally, the center will create 19 direct jobs as well as support local vendors
- Bethel School District’s Graham Community Center Project, Spanaway: This community center will help create opportunities for older students with special needs, equipping them with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and the community\
More information and all of the the projects and the CPF process can be found here: FY 2023 COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING SUBMISSIONS | Representative Kim Schrier (house.gov)
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