Spills Program Restoration Funding
Coastal Protection Fund (CPF)
Resource Damage Assessment (RDA)
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.
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.
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.
RDA Account Expenditures: Payments received from oil spill natural resource damage assessments, particularly via the oil
spill compensation schedule
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
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.
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%.|
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.
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