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Saving Puget Sound

Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant
(assisted by Department of Commerce)

Ecology and Commerce are managing funds received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to coordinate a six-year strategy to protect and restore watersheds that drain to Puget Sound. This strategy is based on working in partnership with local and tribal governments and other regional entities to implement practical solutions that advance the priorities of the Puget Sound Action Agenda toward achieving the ecosystem recovery targets set by Puget Sound Partnership (PSP). Commerce and Ecology will implement programs across four activity areas:

  • Watershed characterization
  • Land use and working lands
  • Strategies to manage stormwater
  • Strategies for protecting and restoring watersheds

Our primary goal is to protect and restore ecosystem processes, structures, and functions within a watershed context. To achieve this goal, Ecology and Commerce will be funding direct awards and projects solicited through a competitive process.

Six-Year Implementation Strategy and Work Plan for 2014 & 2015 Funds

Ecology and Commerce, working in cooperation with other agencies, have developed a detailed work plan for funds we are receiving from EPA under the NEP Watershed Grant Program for federal fiscal years 2014 and 2015. This work plan is included in a document with the revised Six-Year Implementation Strategy that includes an overview of the grant program and specific plans for each funding year.

>> See the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 & 2015 Work Plan (pdf)

Current Funding Opportunities:

Grant Awards

Grant Solicitation for Improving Land Use Management – Opens January 20, 2015

Ecology and Commerce are offering funding through a competitive grant program for projects that fit under the theme of Improving Land Use Management. Projects should use a landscape-scale approach to improve watershed management and land use decisions so that the type, location and design of development or re-development focuses on protecting and restoring key areas critical to maintaining the integrity of watershed processes in the Puget Sound area. See Grant Guidelines under Relevant Documents below for example project types. If you are proposing a stormwater retrofit planning project, please see the related “Target Watersheds” document below.

A total of $1,500,000 is available for award and no match is required. Eligible applicants include local governments, federally-recognized tribal governments, special purpose districts, and non-profit non-governmental organizations. Partnering is strongly encouraged to build regional alliances and address environmental problems at a landscape scale.

Applications are due by April 20, 2015.

Details are included in the Grant Guidelines document linked below. Applicants must use the Ecology Administration of Grants & Loans (EAGL) online application system. Applicants are cautioned to start the application process at least one week prior to the deadline to have sufficient time to establish a Secure Access Washington (SAW) account and receive authorization for access to EAGL.

For brief instructions on establishing a SAW account and gaining access to EAGL, go to the EAGL homepage.
For detailed instructions, see: Instructions for Accessing SAW and EAGL (pdf).

Relevant Documents:

Note: The Grant Guidelines document previously incorrectly stated on pg. 2 that extra points will be awarded to new recipients who have not previously received a grant from our program. This text has been removed from the revised document.

Informational Meeting on this Grant Opportunity Held on January 29th.

Ecology held an informational meeting on this grant opportunity on January 29th. This included an overview of the grant solicitation and training on the EAGL online application process. We strongly recommend that potential applicants applicants who missed the meeting, view the recorded webinar version at this link.

Questions & Answers for 2015 Grant Solicitation on Improving Land Use Management

Answers to questions asked before April 13th will be included here as regular updates to the following document:

Other Grant Informaton

Riparian Buffer Width Recommendations

Grant recipients doing work in riparian buffer areas should read the new guidelines that EPA provided to the NEP lead organizations and be consistent with them where applicable. The guidelines are explained in a buffer table and a frequently asked questions document. Ecology also developed a map to assist with determining recommended riparian buffer widths. Follow links to access the three documents:

Previous Awards Made for NEP Watershed Grant Program:

Background Information on Watershed Grant:


Lauren Driscoll
Washington Department of Ecology
SEA Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504