Port of Kennewick can now move forward with renovations to Clover Island shoreline

Port of Kennewick can now move forward with renovations to Clover Island shoreline
Clover Island shoreline before and after previous renovations. Photo courtesy of Port of Kennewick.

Millions of dollars in renovations are coming to Clover Island’s shoreline.

A cost share agreement was signed Friday by the Port of Kennewick, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Walla Walla District (Corps). The plan involves creating a “living” shoreline, providing benefits for native endangered and threatened species and enhancing recreational access to the Columbia River, including expanding the pathway around the island.

“The fish will see improvements in the habitat and people will see improvements: better access to Clover Island and the Columbia River but also the recreational benefit of being able to come down here and use the public pathway,”said Tana Bader Inflima, deputy CEO of the Port of Kennewick.

About a decade ago, improvements were done to the section of shoreline running from the gateway to the lighthouse. However, available funding only allowed for that piece to be completed, and the Port has been working to come up with the funding to improve the rest.

“We’re hoping to make the rest of the improvements very similar to what’s already along the west causeway and move around the north side to the east side of the island,” said Bader Inflima.

The total project cost is estimated to be $4.98 million. The Port of Kennewick is responsible for about 25 percent of the cost with the federal government picking up the remainder.

The renovations are expected to be completed in 2021.

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