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National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program is a matching grants program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands of coastal States and the Trust Territories. Using matching funds from this grant program, Ecology has partnered with tribes, cities, counties, federal and state agencies and others to acquire, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands throughout Washington. Applications are due in June each year.

If you plan on applying for a grant, contact Heather Kapust at heather.kapust@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-0239 so Ecology can make all the necessary arrangements. Detailed grant information can be found on the following web pages:

Grant-Funded Projects in Washington

Ecology awarded 2016 grants for 5 projects

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Beach Lake Acquisition and Restoration: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Coastal Watershed Institute, was awarded $1,000,000 to acquire and restore critical coastal wetlands in the Elwha River watershed of Clallam County. The project will conserve 46.3 acres located within the Elwha River main stem, floodplain, estuary, and adjacent nearshore areas and will maximize the wildlife habitat benefits associated with the recent removal of the Elwha River dams.  The parcel contains 870 feet of shoreline armoring and restore natural beach formation processes. This will re-establish sediment transport and deposition that has been absent at the project site since the former dams altered sediment supply, and will create habitat for salmon, forage fish, and migratory birds. This project is part of a broader effort by local conservation partners to protect the Elwha River watershed and estuary.  

Heron Point Protection: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Tulalip Tribes, was awarded $63,800 to acquire and protect a 20-acre parcel of old-growth Sitka spruce estuarine wetland along Ebey Slough in Snohomish County. Heron Point contains some of the highest quality and most intact forested wetland habitat within the Snohomish River Basin and affords natural hydrologic and ecological processes to occur through the natural ebb and flow with tides. Following the acquisition, the Tribe will own and manage the property as part of the nearby Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project, which was funded by previous grants. The project area provides a haven for native birds, fish, and forest biodiversity within the lower Snohomish River Basin, including a heron rookery. 

Pearson Nearshore: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, was awarded $1,000,000 to acquire 49 acres of Puget Sound waterfront property on the southeast side of Whidbey Island in Island County. This project will permanently protect 2,800 feet of intact estuarine wetland, feeder bluff, and coastal upland forest. Together, these benefit a wide range of saltwater, nearshore, and forest-dependent species, both on and off site. The project tidelands are classified as estuarine intertidal wetlands, a nationally declining nearshore habitat type that comprises 10 acres (20%) of the 49-acre property. Federal and state listed endangered salmon and other marine benthic organisms use the eelgrass beds in the intertidal zones, and the upland forests provide habitat for federal and state-listed species, including pileated woodpecker, peregrine falcon, and Vaux’s swift.

Smith Island Restoration: The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with Snohomish County, was awarded $1,000,000 to restore 315 acres of estuarine tidal marsh in the Snohomish River estuary in Snohomish County. The project will reduce habitat degradation from development, increase salmon-rearing habitat area and quality, and improve migratory pathways that help sustain Chinook, other salmon species, and other wildlife. The restored estuarine habitat will also provide valuable foraging areas and refugia for forage fish and a variety of birds and wildlife. The project site is an important stopover on the Pacific Flyway, a regional flight corridor for migratory birds that extends from Alaska to Mexico and South America. The completion of the Smith Island restoration represents a significant critical habitat improvement for Puget Sound.

West Oakland Bay Restoration and Conservation: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Squaxin Island Tribe, was awarded $1,000,000 to protect and restore critical coastal wetlands on Oakland Bay in Mason County. The project will acquire fee title to 14-acres, including 10 acres of marine and freshwater riparian habitat along with four acres of tidelands. It will also purchase a conservation easement on 59-acres of biologically significant wetlands and coastline. Within the easement area, 21.7 acres of saltmarsh at the mouth of Goldsborough Creek will be restored. The goal of the project is to preserve existing high-quality habitat and to re-establish and permanently protect a saltmarsh estuary. This project is part of a larger, multi-year effort to conserve and restore marine nearshore, estuarine, and freshwater habitats in the Oakland Bay watershed that are important for recreation, oyster growers, tribal uses, and wildlife.   


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