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About Us

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At Ecology, we’re proud to help you protect Washington’s environment and quality of life. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. (See the message from our Director).

Our Mission

Protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.

Our Goals

  • Protect and restore land, air and water
  • Prevent pollution
  • Promote healthy communities and natural resources
  • Deliver efficient and effective services

Learn more about Ecology:

WHO WE ARE:

We’re scientists, engineers, environmental planners and specialists, pollution prevention specialists, inspectors, dam safety experts, hydrogeologists, chemists, emergency responders, technology innovators, fiscal officers, educators, public involvement specialists, and workforce development specialists.

We live in Washington. Some of us are from farm families; others are from towns and cities. One thing we all share is that we care deeply about our state’s quality of life and the public resources entrusted to our care and protection. (See more about protecting our quality of life.)

WHAT WE DO

  • Provide technical support to businesses, landowners, communities and others, to help them reduce and safely manage hazardous and solid waste and conserve finite water supplies.
  • Manage Washington’s water supplies – assuring enough water for salmon, communities and farms.
  • Regulate and inspect major shipments and transfers of oil and other hazardous materials in our state, respond 24/7 to oil and hazardous materials spills, and oversee oil spill preparedness of large handlers of oil and hazardous materials.
  • Measure, record and collect data on the health of our air, water and land.
  • Manage millions of dollars in grants to local communities, paying for environmental projects across the state.
  • Train and support the Washington Conservation Corps – our state’s job training program for young adults who work year-round on conservation and emergency response projects to protect and improve our environment and assist the public after natural disasters.
  • Regulate the federal cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation, making sure the job is done right and isn’t sidetracked by other national priorities.
  • Work with citizens, businesses and local governments to develop and carry out environmental permits that keep Washington’s water, air and soils safe from industrial, commercial and municipal activities in our state.
  • Carry out several federal laws that set general nationwide standards for clean air, water and soil.
  • If someone harms the environment, we enforce state and federal environmental laws.
  • Engage the public in state environmental protection and cleanup decisions; we ask our public customers to evaluate our work; and we collaborate with many local partners to give Washington residents the information they need to protect our state’s environment, human health and quality of life.
  • Provide core-business support to Ecology’s environmental work by carefully managing budget and expenditures, keeping sound financial controls over public funds, recruiting and training a skilled workforce, and using technology, facilities and equipment to carry out our mission.

ECOLOGY'S STRATEGIC FOCUS

Strategic Framework | Prevent and reduce toxic threats | Deliver integrated water solutions | Reduce and prepare for climate impacts | Protect and restore Puget Sound | Features archive

BUDGET AND STRATEGIC PLANNING

General Information
2013-15: Budget Documents | Strategic Plan | Budget and Program Overview |
2011-13: Budget Documents | Strategic Plan | Budget and Program Overview |

2014 SESSION OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE

Ecology related bill information

ACCOUNTABILITY TO CITIZENS

Lean at Ecology | Permit Applicant Survey | Accountability & Results WA | Regulatory Streamlining | 2007 Washington State Quality Award Application

WORKING WITH THE EPA

2012-2013 Performance Partnership Agreement  

AWARDS FROM ECOLOGY

Environmental Excellence Awards | Governor's Award for Sustainable Practices | Terry Husseman Sustainable School Awards | Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Awards

ECOLOGY PEOPLE AND LOCATIONS

Headquarters office | Ecology regional office contacts | Agency org chart | Ecology Executive Management Team | Contact us

SUSTAINABILITY
AT ECOLOGY

Ecology's Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2011 Report on Sustainability is available now. Read the Nov. 1st news release.

PROTECTING WASHINGTON'S
QUALITY OF LIFE

Protecting our environment also protects Washington businesses, jobs and families.

ECONOMY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Clean, green, competitive Washington.

GET INVOLVED!

Public involvement opportunities with Ecology

BEST PRACTICES

Lean at Ecology
Plain Talk
Sustainability
E-business with Ecology

HISTORY OF ECOLOGY (1970-2005)

(PDF, 3 MB)

BIDDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH ECOLOGY

Learn about Ecology's bidding opportunities for contracting and procurement