Coastal Protection Fund

Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Funds: Ecology deposits money collected from oil spill damage assessments, collected through the Compensation Schedule, into the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF). Money Ecology collects from oil and hazardous material spill penalties is also deposited in the CPF. The Washington Legislature established the CPF as a part of the Oil and Hazardous Substance Spill Prevention and Response Act to fund:

  • Environmental restoration or enhancement of public natural resources for the benefit of Washington's citizens.
  • Investigations of the long-term effect of oil spills.
  • Development and implementation of an aquatic land geographic information system.

Funds may also be allocated for research and development in the causes, effects, and removal of pollution caused by the discharge of oil.

Expenditures: A CPF Steering Committee decides how money from RDAs and a portion of the penalties in the CPF is spent, primarily by selecting resource restoration or enhancement projects. The committee attempts to fund projects that restore resources injured by oil spills that resulted in the damage assessments or penalties.

Funding was provided by the Coastal Protection Fund for the acquisition of 450 acres of tidelands in south Fidalgo Bay (Skagit County, adjacent to Padilla Bay).


CPF Projects: Over 70 restoration projects have been funded by the CPF from resource damage assessment and oil and hazardous material spill penalty money. Projects paid for by the CPF.

Direct Restoration: Oil spill responsible parties (RPs) have the option of paying for restoration directly. The RP proposes a project to the Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Committee during the damage assessment process. The value of the project must be at least equal to the damages as calculated using the Compensation Schedule or an alternate method of valuation approved by the RDA Committee. The RDA Committee evaluates the proposal to determine if it is sufficient to adequately compensate the people of the state for public resource damages resulting from the oil spill. If the proposal is approved by the committee, the RP pays for the project directly and no money goes into the CPF. Over 50 projects have been funded directly. Projects paid for directly.

View all the Coastal Protection Fund and Direct funded restoration projects on this interactive map.

Funding Opportunities

Funding of restoration projects from the Spills Program CPF accounts does not follow any set schedule. A request for proposal will be announced when enough money has accumulated in one or more of the sub-accounts to fund high quality restoration projects. For more information about submitting project proposals for funding from the CPF, see the Restoration Funding page.

SEA Program funding
Ecology's Grants Loans



Natural Resource Damage Assessment



More information about the CPF Restoration Funding Opportunities

CPF Funded Projects

Direct Restoration Projects

Map of Restoration Projects

RDA Committee

Meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.


Dale Davis