NSEA wins grants from NOAA and Alcoa

The Bellingham Business Journal

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) was recently awarded two grants to continue its community education and stream restoration projects.

The first is a $60,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Northwest Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program.

Pacific Northwest B-WET grants support K-12 education programs that provide students with project-based science learning opportunities set in outdoor environments. Activities range from field trips to estuaries, streams and wetlands, as well as service projects like marine debris cleanups and salmon restoration.

The second is a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, which will support NSEA’s effort to work with community members to restore natural salmon habitat, form new partnerships and educate community members on specific methods to protect natural salmon habitat.

“NSEA is incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Alcoa Foundation grant which keeps our Stream Stewards Program and related community work parties thriving through the coming year,” said NSEA Executive Director Rachel Vasak in a press release. “The support from Alcoa Intalco Works goes beyond the funding support, though, with dozens of local employees coming to the NSEA community work parties and volunteering on a regular basis.”

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association is a community–based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. For more information, visit www.n-sea.org.

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