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About Us

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What we do

The Department of Ecology is Washington State’s primary agency for environmental protection — for air, land, and water.

Throughout the state, Ecology works to fulfill our mission in a variety of ways; from the permits and inspections that are part of administering and enforcing the state’s environmental laws and regulations, to field monitoring, sampling and analysis, to providing grants, technical assistance, workshops, public meetings, a Web site, walk-in services and several toll-free numbers.

Ecology’s budget reflects the extent and complexity of our work, as well as the environmental issues and opportunities that Washington state faces.

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Contact Information:

Erik Fairchild,
Chief Financial Officer
(360) 407-7005

Erik FairchildErik Fairchild has been with the Washington State Department of Ecology since January 2002 and has served as the Chief Financial Officer since May 2011. The Department of Ecology is responsible for a $458 million operating and $1 billion capital biennial budget and administration of forty-six separate financial accounts. Most of the money Ecology manages (73%) is “passed-through” to local governments and communities to do environmental work. This money is awarded as grants or loans for things such as building water pollution control facilities (e.g. wastewater treatment plants and stormwater facilities), water supply infrastructure, cleaning up contaminated sites, implementing local watershed plans, and supporting community awareness and involvement in hazardous waste management and pollution prevention. These investments protect and restore the environment, address public health threats and issues, create jobs, and promote economic growth.

Prior to Ecology, Fairchild worked as a Budget Assistant to the Governor on Natural Resources issues at the Office of Financial Management. He has also worked at the State Department of Health in the Drinking Water Program and as Planning Director in Mason County. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and minor in Earth Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Erik has two daughters that keep him busy with sports, music, and other activities in his free time. He lives in Olympia and enjoys fishing, hunting, sports, the outdoors, and live music.