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Port's wetlands project moves into design phase

The Sunnyside Port District's wetlands project has now moved into the design stage, moving it a step closer to reality.

Designers from Tetra Tech are scheduled to be in Sunnyside Wednesday morning to submit three potential designs for the multi-million dollar wetlands habitat project, which will provide a natural filtering system for the Port's industrial wastewater system, explained Port Manager Amber Hansen.

"We will be examining three designs in an effort to find the best one for our needs and which will be most cost effective," Hansen explained.

In late 2004, the Sunnyside Port commissioners received word that the federal budget included $233,000 to aid in the construction of the Port's wetlands habitat. The wetlands project is scheduled to be sited near the Yakima River, just off Emerald Road. Those funds will help the Port get through the design stage, Hansen said.

Hansen said the Port staff will meet with Tetra Tech designers to choose the design which will best meet the Port's vision for the project.

"We expect to have a final design selected by late June," she added.

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