Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night, Wednesday, approved two payments to the Army Corps of Engineers totaling $512,000 to pay for the Port's share of costs associated with the wetlands project.
The payments will keep the project on track and in line for development, although they do not guarantee that the project will move forward this year. Jed Crowther, Port Property Manager, said the amount was close to the Port's share of work that has already been done.
The wetlands project is expected to have a price tag of around $7.5 million, of which the Army Corps of Engineers will pay up to $5 million. Part of the Port's share of the cost will be paid in property and other amounts may be funded through grants.
Port commissioners were also updated on the current status of the Carnation Plant evaluation, which is still awaiting soil sampling, currently schedule to be done this month or in February.