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Saving Puget Sound

Toxics and Nutrients Grant

The Goal

The goal of the National Estuary Program (NEP) toxics and nutrients grant is to improve human and environmental health by preventing, and reducing toxics and nutrients from entering Puget Sound.

Thousands of toxic chemicals are in use today. They are in the air, water, soil, animals, fish, and our bodies. Some toxic chemicals impair development, some affect reproduction, some disrupt body chemistry, and some cause cancer.

Nutrients occur naturally in the marine and fresh waters of the Puget Sound ecosystem, but human contributions of excess nutrients can lead to lower levels of dissolved oxygen.

Ecology, in cooperation with the EPA, is working with partners from local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as the not-for-profit, academic, and private sectors, to implement projects that reduce or prevent toxics and nutrients from entering Puget Sound.

Most of the NEP funds are distributed to partner organizations throughout Puget Sound. EPA awarded $21 million to this effort. All funding has been allocated and projects will run to June 30, 2018. To receive information on grant opportunities, sign up for the Puget Sound Partnership newsletter.

More about NEP funding:

Funding to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda


Blake Nelson
Washington State Dept. of Ecology
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
(360) 407-6940

>> See our Quality Assurance website for information on QA requirements


Woodstove Retrofit Open Challenge and Testing Final Report


Puget Sound Toxics and Nutrients Workplan FFY 2014 and 2015


SoundToxinsPartnership - Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring Report


PCB Source Tracing Prorams Report


NEP Toxics and Nutrients Multiyear Strategy