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About Us

About the Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment.

We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

Services we provide

Permitting Grants and loans Environmental assessment Compliance and enforcement Technical assistance Other services

How we operate

Strategic framework Budget and strategic planning Laws and rules Legislation Accountability Public involvement

Who we are

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