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Grant will transform Clover Island's old, rocky shoreline

Grant will transform Clover Island's old, rocky shoreline

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Clover Island is getting a new makeover that'll transform its rocky, decimated shoreline.

Green plants and buzzing bees cover at least part of Clover Island's shoreline, but the greenery abruptly stops when phase one of transforming the island halted in 2012.

The rest of the shoreline is covered in old, dumped concrete.

But the Port of Kennewick will now continue their work to improve Clover Island with the help of a new state grant and funding from the Corps of Engineers.

"They'll have access to their entire shoreline, and we'll have more people coming out and using the waterfront--biking, walking their dogs, pushing their baby's strollers, getting in their kayaks and using the shoreline,” said Tana Bader Inglima, Port of Kennewick Deputy and CEO. “It's a beautiful day to demonstrate just what can be done with leveraged partnerships, and those funds are going to take us a long way to getting the community to reclaim their Columbia River."

Port leaders said they'll expand the shoreline by adding plants and a walking trail.

They said the project will anchor the shoreline and create a better habitat for endangered fish and animals.

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