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2014 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Environmental Restoration

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 All water obtained through this program is returned to the creeks, streams, and rivers where it was originally withdrawn.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.

                           Areas Preserved and Restored in 2013
Habitat Land Acquisitions 450 Acres (Toxics Cleanup)
(Areas Preserved) 591 Acres (Wetland Stewardship)  
   
  1041 acres (4.21 square kilometers)
Aquatic Habitat Restored 75.5 acres (30.55 hectare)
Shoreline Restored 4,500 linear feet
Water Rights Acquired 3,484 acre feet (4297450.783934062 cubic
meters)
 
Native trees and shrubs planted 575,000
Riparian fencing installed or improved 25,119 feet (7656.2712 meters)
Area cleared of invasive species, litter, etc. 686 acres (277.61 hectare)
Erosion control constructed 2,024 linear feet (616.9152 meters)
Stream Habitat Opened to Anadromous Fish 14 miles (22.530816 kilometers)
Total area cleaned or improved 654 miles (1052.51098 kilometers)
 
Wetland mitigation sites 67
Wetland creation/establishment 55.69 acres (22.54 hectares)
Wetland restoration/re-establishment 3.35 acres (1.36 hectares)
Wetland restoration/rehabilitation 75.31 acres (30.48 hectares)
Wetland enhancement 95.27 acres (38.55 hectares)
Wetland preservation 135.43 acres (54.81 hectares)
Other (buffer, buffer enhancement, upland 182.22 acres (73.74 hectares)
preservation, riparian enhancement)

 

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.