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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)

Upcoming Funding Opportunity

Riparian Conservation Easement Program

Grant solicitation for the protection and restoration of riparian zones in agricultural landscapes of Puget Sound - Opening Fall 2015

Ecology will be offering a competitive grant program for projects aimed at the protection and restoration of riparian zones in agricultural landscapes. Funding is primarily for the acquisition of conservation easements in riparian zones to benefit salmon habitat and water quality. However, other associated activities such as outreach, stewardship, restoration and monitoring will likely be eligible.

Grant program guidelines are still in development and information will be posted here when finalized. A tentative timeline for the program would entail opening a grant solicitation in late October or early November, with a closing date sometime before the end of 2015.

For more information on the upcoming funding opportunity contact:

Colin Hume
Washington Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program

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