Editorial in The Olympian – Salmon Enhancement Helps Restore our Economy

On Monday, February 10th, an editorial was published in the Olympian on how regional fishery enhancement groups (RFEGs) are not only restoring our environment, but also our economy. An excerpt of the article from John Rosenberg, a board member for the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, appears below:

 

“Here in Washington, we have our own examples of how the restoration economy works to create good jobs in local communities. One of the best is the 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs), a statewide network of nonprofit salmon enhancement organizations created by the Legislature in 1990 to help restore ecosystems that support the species. RFEGs represent some of the best features of the restoration economy. For example, between 1995 and 2013, they used $26 million in federal and state funds to leverage almost $180 million in new money for restoration projects in local communities around the state — an almost seven-fold return on investment. This means local businesses were able to provide a wide range of family-wage jobs.”

 

To read more of Rosenberg’s editorial, you can find the article here.
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