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Morton adds funding for the Edwall water system to the capital budget; he won funding for the Tonasket salmon viewing platform in 2007

Published on March 3, 2008

The Senate-passed 2008 supplemental capital budget the state’s construction budget financed by bonds includes $765,000 for the Edwall water system, an appropriation requested by Sen. Bob Morton, R-Kettle Falls.

The Edwall water system has 31 hookups with rapidly deteriorating pipes, pumps and storage tanks. The system presents an emergency situation, and repairs are needed to provide safe drinking water for Edwall residents.

Morton requested the state funding on behalf of Edwall citizens to meet the costs not covered through local billing and a United States Department of Agriculture loan and grant. The total cost of the project is $1.2 million.

During the 2007 session, when the 2007-09 capital budget came over from the House of Representatives, there was no appropriation for the salmon viewing platform along the Okanogan River in the Chief Tonasket Riverfront Park. 

“I looked for it and it wasn’t there,” Morton said. “I made a personal and written request for $100,000 to the Senate capital budget chair and the money was added in the Senate.”

The Tonasket platform, that Morton won state funding for last year, is a tourism enhancement facility that will offer visitors and residents an excellent interpretive and education opportunity.

According to Morton, the viewing platform is part of the city’s economic development vision.

“The platform is part of the city and chamber’s effort to make Tonasket a good place to visit,” Morton said.