Budget and Strategic Planning
What we do
The Department of Ecology is
Washington State’s primary agency for
environmental protection — for air, land, and
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
Ecology’s budget reflects the extent and
complexity of our work, as well as the
environmental issues and opportunities that
Washington state faces.
Ecology budget information
- 2013-15 Operating & Capital Budget Documents
- 2013-15 Strategic Plan - describes our strategic priorities, program missions, activities, results, and performance measures. Also describes Ecology's financial, organization and personnel capacity, and information technology strategies for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. (Also see 2011-2013 Plan and 2009-2011 Plan)
- Ecology Budget Reductions (2007-2013)
- 2011-13 Operating & Capital Budget Documents - summaries and comparisons of budgets requested and introduced for
the 2011-13 biennium.
Introduction to Cut and Add Summaries
- Budget and Program Overview 2011-13 -
publication providing an overview of Ecology's 2011 to 2013 biennial budget and where the money comes from, how it will be used, and what we hope to see happen as a result of our work.
- Budget Archives & Snapshots - links to past budget
State budget information
Chief Financial Officer
Erik 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 $430 million operating and $782 million capital biennial budget and administration of forty separate financial accounts.
Most of the money Ecology manages (68%) is “passed-through” to
local governments and communities to do environmental work. This
money is awarded as grants or loans for things such as
watershed planning, building water pollution control facilities,
cleaning up publicly-owned contaminated sites, and supporting
community awareness and involvement in hazardous waste
management and pollution prevention.
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 basketball, music, and other activities in his free time. He lives in Olympia and enjoys fishing, hunting, sports, the outdoors, and live music.