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NOAA announces timeline of new Mukilteo facility

 

March 20, 2019

Photo: A large crowd at NOAA’s open house on March 18 at Rosehill Community Center listened to director of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center Kevin Werner talk about the future of NOAA in Mukilteo. Werner said a new facility is planned to open in 2022.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has had a facility, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s Mukilteo Research Station, in Mukilteo for a long time.

Their current building is over 70 years old, and NOAA representatives say the facility is seriously deteriorating and can only be operational for a few more years.

At NOAA’s open house at Rosehill Community Center Monday, March 18, Kevin Werner, director of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, gave some anticipated good news on NOAA’s future in Mukilteo.

“We’ve got, we think, the resources, the dollars through federal appropriation to build a new facility here in Mukilteo,” he said.

The goal, Werner said, is to have the new facility open in summer 2022.

There has already been design work for the future facility, and Werner says NOAA hopes to have the basic design completed this summer.

The organization will be in Mukilteo until spring 2020, Werner said, when researchers will move out and continue working in one of NOAA’s other facilities in either Washington or Oregon. The current building will be demolished that summer, and construction will begin in fall 2020.

The new facility is not yet fully funded, Werner said, but the “lion’s share” has been appropriated – roughly $36 million.

“We think there’s a $4 million gap, and we think we have the ability to cover that in the next NOAA budget,” he said.

The new facility will include upgraded laboratories for aquatic toxicology, restoration of marine species and ecosystems, and ocean acidification. It will also have increased seawater flow capacity, which NOAA says will allow for improving existing studies and for more research to be done.

The new facility will also allow the use of more small boats, field gear, and supplies, and will allow for an outreach and educational center along the planned waterfront promenade, which NOAA says will expand the organization’s public outreach programs.

For more information on NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Mukilteo, visit nwfsc.noaa.gov.

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Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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