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National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program is a competitive 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. Although only state agencies are eligible applicants, Ecology is encouraged by USFWS to partner with tribes, cities, counties, land trusts, and other state and federal agencies. Partner organizations are considered subgrantees for any successfully awarded projects. Applications are due in June each year.

If your organization is interested in being a subgrantee and having Ecology sponsor an application, please contact Heather Kapust at heather.kapust@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-0239 to discuss the proposal and application process. Detailed grant information can be found on the following web pages:

Grant-Funded Projects in Washington

Ecology awarded 2017 grants for 6 projects

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Barnum Point Acquisition ($1,000,000): The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with Island County, proposes to acquire 67 acres of Puget Sound waterfront property on the east side of Camano Island. The project is situated in Port Susan Bay, within the Greater Skagit and Stillaguamish Delta area, which is considered one of the most important places on the northwest coast for estuarine and nearshore conservation for its biodiversity and key role in the life histories of dozens of internationally important estuarine-dependent species.

Dosewallips Floodplain and Estuary Restoration ($402,117): The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with Wild Fish Conservancy, proposes to restore five acres of tidally-influenced floodplain and enhance 25 acres of salt marsh and mudflats at Dosewallips State Park in Jefferson County. The goal of the project is to improve ecosystem processes that create and maintain wetland habitats in the delta of the Dosewallips River by recreating a distributary network on the right bank of the river, which will reconnect the mainstem channel to salt marsh to the south of the river.  

Grayland Acquisition Project ($1,000,000): The Washington State Department of Ecology, partnering with Ducks Unlimited, proposes to acquire and protect 1,750 acres of diverse and threatened habitats including wetlands in Grays Harbor County. The property contains more than 1,100 acres of estuarine and palustrine wetland habitats, tidal mudflats, old-growth forests, interdunal wet/swale complexes and wet meadow/grasslands. The property is surrounded by existing conservation lands and is located within close proximity to other state and federal public lands including Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Johns River Wildlife Area, Bottle Beach and Graylands Beach State Parks.

Lower Henderson Inlet Acquisition ($800,000): The Washington State Department of Ecology, partnering with Capitol Land Trust, proposes to acquire two parcels totaling 106 acres in Thurston County. Following the acquisition, the project will restore 23 acres of nationally declining palustrine emergent wetlands damaged by past agricultural use, including restoring natural hydrologic function in some areas. It will also remove dilapidated structures, debris, and invasive vegetation, and restore impacted areas to prevent potential water and soil contamination and spread of invasive plants.

Zis a ba Estuary Restoration ($511,496): The Washington Department of Ecology, partnering with the Stillaguamish Tribe, proposes to restore 88 acres of coastal wetlands in Snohomish County. The project area is currently diked and isolated from tidal influence. The project is designed to restore tidal and riverine influence by removing the majority of the perimeter levee and building a setback levee to protect surrounding property owners.


Zylstra Lake Acquisition ($1,000,000): The Washington State Department of Ecology, in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank, proposes to acquire and conserve over 541 acres on San Juan Island. The project, which includes two lakes, approximately one mile of riparian stream/estuary shoreline and almost three miles of marine shoreline, is located in the 11,464-acre False Bay watershed. The project will protect and reintegrate a network of lakes, wetlands and riparian areas with the ocean and protect associated water rights necessary for future stream restoration projects.


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