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Ecology Programs


Ecology consists of ten major environmental management programs. If you are not familiar with Ecology's statutory authorities and organization, the Services page may be more helpful.

AIR QUALITY

Mission: To protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life for current and future generations.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Mission: To measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

HAZARDOUS WASTE AND TOXICS REDUCTION

Mission: To foster sustainability, prevent pollution and promote safe waste management.

NUCLEAR WASTE

Mission: To lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state’s air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford Site.

SHORELANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSISTANCE

Mission: To work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests. Includes Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Federal Permitting (including 401 Water Quality Certification), Floods and Floodplain Management, Ocean Resources, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Shoreline Management, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), Watersheds, and Wetlands.

SPILL PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS, AND RESPONSE

Mission: To protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program.

TOXICS CLEANUP

Mission: To protect human health and the environment for the people of Washington by preventing, reducing, or eliminating exposure to contamination to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable communities. (Includes Sediment Management and Underground Storage Tanks.)

WASTE 2 RESOURCES

Mission: To reduce the amount and the effects of wastes generated in Washington State. Includes the Industrial Section.

WATER QUALITY

Mission: To protect and restore Washington's waters.

WATER RESOURCES

Mission: To manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities. Includes Water Well Log Report Search and Viewer.
Also see the Office of the Columbia River.


Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, Environmental Permitting Services

PERMITTING ASSISTANCE

Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA)

WORKING WITH EPA

Ecology-EPA Performance
Partnership

BEYOND WASTE

Composting, Green Building, Toxics Reduction and Buying Green Products.

SITE DATABASE

Access data on facilities and sites of interest to the Department of Ecology.

ECOLOGY DIRECTORY

Locate regional offices and staff contact information.