Spills Program Restoration Funding

Coastal Protection Fund (CPF)
   Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account
   John Bernhardt (JB) Account

Background on the Coastal Protection Fund: Under RCW 90.48.390, the Washington state Legislature created the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) to serve as a non-appropriated revolving fund to pay for projects that:

  • Restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archeological, or aesthetic resources for the benefit of Washington's citizens.
  • Investigate the long-term effects of oil spills.
  • Develop and implement aquatic land geographic information systems.
The CPF is divided into three separate accounts:

The Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account:
The RDA Account contains money's collected from natural resource damage assessments under RCW 90.48.366 through RCW 90.48.368. The RDA Account is further divided into sub-accounts based on where the spills occur.
The John Bernhardt (JB) Account:
The JB Account receives payments from oil and hazardous material spill penalties collected under Chapter 90.48 RCW and Chapter 90.56 RCW, and the one cent-per-gallon charge from each Marine Use Tax Refund claim under RCW 32.36.330. This account is named in memory of John Bernhardt, who worked on many environmental protection activities during his 24 years at the Department of Ecology. As section head for the agency's Spill Prevention and Policy Section in Central Programs, John Bernhardt guided the development and implementation of numerous important spill prevention, planning, and response initiatives, including use of the Coastal Protection Fund.
The Terry Husseman Account (THA):
Payments from penalties issued for water quality violations of the Water Pollution Control Act are deposited into a CPF account called the Terry Husseman Account. The account's purpose is to honor the past contributions and successes of Mr. Husseman in the field of environmental management. Terry's last and most senior position in Ecology was as a division director for water management programs (quantity, quality, and shorelands). The Terry Husseman Account is administered by the Shorelands and Environmental Assessment (SEA) Program.

Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Expenditures

RDA Account Expenditures: Payments received from oil spill natural resource damage assessments, particularly via the oil spill compensation schedule (WAC 173-183), are deposited into the CPF RDA Account. Disbursement of RDA Account moneys is directed by the CPF Steering Committee after consultation with affected local agencies and tribal governments.

Sub-Accounts: Within the RDA Account, money collected as compensation for oil spill impacts to public natural resources is deposited into regional sub-accounts (as defined below) based on where the spill occurred. The CPF Steering Committee funds projects that restore or enhance public natural resources within the same "regional sub-account areas". Individual RDA payments exceeding $100,000 typically go into a unique sub-account to be spent only on restoring the resources affected by the spill involved. It should be noted that for major RDAs with significant federal/tribal trustee involvement, payments typically do not go into the same CPF but instead into a court registry account which all trustees can manage equally. Map of sub-accounts/regional areas.

  • South Puget Sound/Hood Canal (bounded to the north by Mukilteo and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet, including all freshwater drainages into this area.
  • North Puget Sound/Strait of Juan de Fuca (bounded to the south by Mukilteo and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet, including all state freshwater drainages into this area).
  • Columbia Rivers/Outer Coast (remaining state marine waters, including all state freshwater drainages into this area).

Pubic natural resources are defined here as "fish, animals, vegetation, land, waters of the state, and other resources belonging to, managed by, held in trust by, appertaining to, or otherwise controlled by the state." This includes any natural resources owned by the public for the purpose of public recreation (e.g. state parks). When a large percentage of the funds in a regional account are from spills in the same general area, or for funds in a spill-specific account, projects will be prioritized as follows:
  1. On-site, in-kind.
  2. Off-site, in-kind.
  3. On-site, out-of-kind
  4. Off-site, out-of-kind.

JB Account Expenditures: Payments received from oil and hazardous material spill penalties collected under and the one cent-per-gallon charge from each Marine Use Tax Refund Claim are deposited into the CPF JB Account. Disbursement of JB Account moneys is approved by the Spills Program Manager, but the CPF Steering Committee recommends funding of specific restoration projects.

Requests for Proposals

Funding of restoration projects from the RDA and JB Accounts does not follow any set schedule. A request for proposals will be announced when enough money has accumulated in one or more of the sub-accounts to fund high quality restoration projects. An announcement will be posted on the Spills Program website, but interested parties can be added to an email distribution list that will be used to send out funding announcements. Contact Alison Meyers or Dale Davis to be added to the list.

Eligibility There are no restrictions on who is eligible to apply for funding from the CPF RDA or JB Accounts.
Match There is no match requirement. Preference may be given to project proposals that use the CPF funds as a match to leverage additional funding.
Funding Limit Project proposals can be submitted for the total amount of funding available, but preference may be given to projects costing $50,000 or less. Here is a list of all projects funded by the CPF RDA and JB Accounts.
Restrictions Agencies may not be reimbursed from the CPF for the salaries and benefits of permanent employees for routine operational support. Projects will be given preference when the percentage of funding used for overhead is minimized. The proportion of funds provided by the CPF used for administrative overhead, including staff salaries and benefits for project management, for a given project must not exceed 15%.


Public Involvement: The public is invited to attend and comment at the CPF Steering Committee meetings. Meetings will be announced through the media and on the Ecology website.

How to submit Project Proposals: Download the RDA and JB accounts Project Proposal Form and Proposal Requirements and Guidelines

Ecology Contacts: If you have any questions about restoration funding from the Spills Program or need assistance with the project proposal requirements, contact either Alison Meyers or Dale Davis.


Natural Resource Damage Assessment


Coastal Protection Projects

Restoration Funding Opportunities

Project Proposal Form

Proposal Requirements & Guidelines

SEA Program Funding

Ecology's Grants & Loans

Restoration Projects

CPF Funded Projects

Direct Restoration Projects

Map of Restoration Projects


Chapter 173-183 WAC

Contact Information

Alison Meyers

Dale Davis