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 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 2015 grants for 4 projects

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Kilisut Harbor Restoration: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, was awarded $1,000,000 to restore the tidal connection between southern Kilisut Harbor and Oak Bay by removing an earthen causeway and constructing a bridge that will allow for tidal exchange. This project will restore tidal hydrology and sediment processes to 27 acres of marine intertidal wetlands and tidal fringe salt marsh, including creation of four acres of wetlands that were filled by the loss of the tidal exchange. Kilisut Harbor is part of Puget Sound’s large, complex system of estuaries and salt marshes that support tremendous biological productivity and diversity. By restoring natural tidal flows at one end of the bay, the project will improve water circulation throughout the 2,285 acre bay and provide significant benefits to fish, shellfish and migratory birds.

Long Beach Peninsula Wetlands Conservation: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Columbia Land Trust, was awarded $914,375 to acquire and protect 400 acres of declining coastal wetlands, riparian areas and conifer forest on the Long Beach Peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay, as well as wetlands in the Chinook River estuary in southwest Washington. The project will conserve inter-dunal freshwater wetlands, open water, emergent, scrub-shrub and sitka spruce forested wetlands, and a significant amount of frontage on the Pacific Ocean and the Chinook River. The properties lie adjacent to over 44,000 acres of federal, state and private conserved lands, including Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The conservation lands are highly interconnected and host numerous federal and state listed species, and other rare wildlife and plant species.

Tarboo-Dabob Bay Acquisition and Restoration Phase 4: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Northwest Watershed Institute, was awarded $1,000,000 to acquire and restore three properties totaling 31 acres of estuarine intertidal wetlands, beach, and steep, forested feeder bluffs along Tarboo-Dabob Bay. The project will restore high priority shoreline, streams and wetlands by removing a 400-foot-long shoreline bulkhead, re-meandering a channelized stream, and re-contouring and re-vegetating six acres of adjacent wetland and stream valley. The project would protect the most threatened and biologically significant private land parcels within the boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area, conserving high-value habitat for five salmonids, forage fish species, numerous shorebird, waterfowl, and land bird species.

Waterman Coastal Wetlands: The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, was awarded $1,000,000 to acquire and protect 59 acres of estuarine intertidal and upland habitat on the southeast side of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. The property includes 2,813 feet of feeder bluff along Possession Sound and coastal upland forest. The project will remove a 434-foot creosote timbered bulkhead at the base of the feeder bluff that is cutting off the sediment supply from the bluff to the beach and leaching creosote into the environment. The intertidal wetlands have shellfish beds and an abundance of eelgrass beds, which provide spawning substrate for herring and sand lance and feeding areas for waterbirds.


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