Gluesenkamp Perez Requests $35.6 Million for 15 Community Projects Across Southwest Washington

May 21, 2024
Press

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) announced she has requested Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) funding for 15 vital community improvement projects across Washington’s Third District, totaling $35,695,000.

Last month, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez opened her Community Project Funding (CPF) application and selected projects based on eligibility, geographical diversity, and community impact and support. Members of the House can submit up to 15 CPF requests to the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez will continue advocating for the projects’ inclusion with full funding in the yearly appropriations bills.

The CPF requests respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Southwest Washington, to deliver support for high-impact, community-led projects related to agriculture, fire protection, wastewater infrastructure, public safety, and reliable water and electric service.

“Across Southwest Washington, I’ve heard from community members and local leaders about much-needed projects that have the potential to transform our rural economies, support public health and safety, and get resources to those who need them most. In the coming months, I’m going to fight to bring our tax dollars home for these investments and work to ensure they have the greatest impact in our communities,” said Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez. “In March, I secured $21 million for projects all across our district, and I’m excited to build on that progress by requesting funding for 15 new, community-led projects.” 

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In March, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez secured more than $21 million in FY24 Community Project Funding for 15 projects across every county in Southwest Washington. 

The following are Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s FY25 CPF requests, listed by county:

Districtwide

$5,000,000 – Sea Lion Mitigation and Salmon Protection

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez speaks with fishermen about growing sea lion populations on the Columbia River in April 2024.

The funds will be used for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s permitted program to remove sea lions consuming salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River and its tributaries. 

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

In April, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez went with local fishermen to see the worsening issue firsthand and discuss lethal and non-lethal solutions to reduce sea lion populations and protect salmon runs.

Clark County

$2,215,000 – Wallace Heights Septic Elimination Project

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez holds a water and wastewater roundtable with public works staff from across Clark County in April 2024.

The funds will be used for the Clark Regional Wastewater District to construct sewer mains to serve 66 residential properties with failing septic systems, an urgent public health need, in Wallace Heights. Clark County recognizes tributary streams in the vicinity to be in poor health due in part to elevated levels of bacteria and nutrients that are contributing to stream health degradation.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$2,000,000 – Battle Ground 92nd Ave Sewer Extension Project

The funds will be used for the City of Battle Ground to extend sewer infrastructure for 595 acres of land and expand capacity to support new commercial and industrial development. The existing sewer infrastructure is near capacity, and the investment is expected to support and protect hundreds of local jobs.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$2,000,000 – Marine Park Wastewater Treatment Facility Influent Screening Replacement Project

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez visits the Marine Park Wastewater Treatment Facility in April 2024.

The funds will be used for the City of Vancouver to install new influent screening technology at the Marine Park Wastewater Treatment Facility to improve system safety, efficiency, and water quality outcomes. The current screening system is reaching the end of its life, and the new technology is capable of capturing 40 percent more debris early in the treatment process, and would improve water quality and reduce the likelihood of costly repairs.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

In April, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez toured the facility and held a roundtable with local officials and public works staff from across Clark County to discuss PFAS mitigation and her recent water and wastewater investments.

$1,500,000 – Kennedy Farms Well Project

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez meets with City of Ridgefield leaders in January 2024.

The funds will be used for the City of Ridgefield to develop two new source wells to increase water resilience, accommodate economic growth, and support a steady supply of water during emergencies. Water demand is projected to exceed supply in 2026 or 2027, and each well is anticipated to provide up to 300 gallons per minute for water distribution.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

Cowlitz County

$3,000,000 – Longview Dedicated Fill Line to Water Reservoir Project

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez holds a Town Hall with Longview constituents in March 2023.

The funds will be used for the City of Longview to install a dedicated fill line from the Mint Farm Treatment Plant to the Main Reservoir. This would reduce the possibility of overflows and incidences of “cloudy” water, lower operating costs, and support consistent and reliable water treatment.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$2,750,000 – Northwest Service Area Grid Resiliency

The funds will be used for Cowlitz PUD to relocate and move underground 5.5 miles of electric distribution lines which service Ryderwood and nearby areas. Outages in this area are more frequent and longer than most of the PUD’s service area, with the average length of disruption exceeding 8 hours. This would improve the reliability and resiliency of electric service, as well as reduce outages, wildfire risk, and impacts to ratepayers.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

Lewis County

$5,000,000 – Adna Middle/High School Energy Improvements

The funds will be used for the Adna School District to improve Adna Middle/High School’s aging HVAC system, hot water system, boilers, and windows. It will help avoid additional burdens on taxpayers and support energy efficiency, while ensuring students are educated in a properly heated and cooled environment, with a steady supply of hot water. When classrooms reach uncomfortable temperatures, it can be difficult for students to learn and have the best opportunity for success.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$4,000,000 – Ceres Hill Road Bridge Rehabilitation

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez meets with Lewis County Commissioners Scott Brummer and Lindsey Pollock in October 2023.

The funds will be used for Lewis County to repair the Ceres Hill Road Bridge to increase the load rating for emergency services, local producers, and timber operations. Alternate roads have switchbacks that make it difficult for trucks and trailers to efficiently and safely move products.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$980,000 – Lewis County Public Safety Radio Infrastructure and Site Modernization

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez meets with Lewis County Fire District No. 5 in January 2024.

The funds will be used for the Lewis County 911 Communications Division to upgrade aging public safety and EMS communications systems and harden sites against power failures. This will support reliable communications between fire, law enforcement and EMS operations across jurisdictions, ensuring swift regional responses to emergencies in rural communities.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

Pacific County

$1,500,000 – Ilwaco Municipal Reservoir Floating Intake System

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez visits the Bear Ridge Community Forest in August 2023, which the City of Ilwaco acquired to help protect the Indian Creek Reservoir.

The funds will be used for the City of Ilwaco to implement a floating intake system at the Indian Creek Dam, protecting access to water during drought and lowering costs to ratepayers. The project would reduce the need for chemical and mechanical treatment, lead to immediate improvements in water quality, and stabilize intake, allowing for seasonal fluctuations.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

$1,000,000 – Veterans Housing and Resource Center

The funds will be used for the City of Raymond, in partnership with American Legion Post 150 and the Willapa Community Development Association, to demolish and reconstruct the American Legion Building in downtown Raymond to include affordable housing and a resource center for veterans. This project will address housing, social services, and economic development needs in Pacific County.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

In December, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s team helped secure notice for the WCDA and American Legion that their UEI number was registered, so they could access federal funding for the project.

Skamania County

$2,250,000 – Underwood Water Rehabilitation Project

The funds will be used for Skamania PUD to upgrade water sources and booster pump stations critical to drinking water, agriculture, and fire protection. Existing water facilities were constructed in the 1970s and are reaching the end of their useful life.

Last year, the community endured the Tunnel 5 Fire, which ran the town’s existing water infrastructure dry due to firefighting efforts. The absence of available water not only hampered fire control efforts but also created hardship for residents as it caused a lack of safe drinking water and a water boil advisory.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

Thurston County

$1,500,000 – Regional Meat Processing Infrastructure

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez meets with then-Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier and local stakeholders at the SW WA Agricultural Business and Innovation Park site in February 2023.

The funds will be used for the City of Tenino to prep the site of a meat processing facility for producers at the SW WA Agricultural Business and Innovation Park. There is a major gap in processing facilities in western Washington, with producers in the region waiting up to a year to get a scheduled appointment time or facing significantly increased costs of shipping their animals long distances to eastern Washington or Oregon. The regional meat processing facility will provide much-needed animal harvest, cut and wrap, and cold storage services for small and medium-sized businesses located in the 14 counties surrounding Thurston County – resulting in a much shorter supply chain for local meat production.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

In March, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez secured $500,000 in FY24 Community Project Funding for the SW WA Agricultural Business and Innovation Park to continue the buildout of a comprehensive business support ecosystem in support of the region’s small scale agricultural producers.

$1,000,000 – Bucoda Fire Engine Replacement

The funds will be used for the Town of Bucoda to replace an outdated fire engine to support volunteer firefighters who respond to emergencies in Bucoda and neighboring districts. The current fire engine is from 1992 and presents maintenance and reliability challenges.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s funding request can be found here, and community letters of support can be found here.

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