Ecology provides funding for land and water acquisitions and site cleanup through several programs within the agency.
The Toxics Cleanup Program restores habitat by cleaning up contamination that causes harm to the environment.
Ecology funds the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), an AmeriCorps program that addresses priority areas of environmental stewardship, disaster services, and veterans and military families.
The Washington Water Acquisition Program improves stream flows in watersheds with vulnerable salmon and trout populations, where critically low stream flows limit fish survival. Existing water rights holders—mostly farmers and ranchers—sell, lease, or donate water rights to the state to place into Trust. All water obtained through this program is returned to the creeks, streams, and rivers where it was originally withdrawn.
The Wetland mitigation compliance staff must ensure to the best of their ability that compensatory mitigation is not only appropriate and adequate, but also ecologically successful.
Ecology partnered with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI) to acquire, protect, and restore wetlands, shorelines, and tidelands at Dabob Bay, near Quilcene in Jefferson County. Between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, Ecology leveraged federal funding to acquire six individual properties from six different landowners totaling 36.5 acres, at a total purchase price of $1,449,660. These properties represent some of the most environmentally threatened and biologically significant parcels within the Dabob Bay Natural Area.
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