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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 & 2013 Work Plan

Ecology and Commerce, working in cooperation with other agencies, have developed a detailed work plan for funds we receive from EPA under the NEP Watershed Grant Program for federal fiscal year 2013. This work plan is included in a document with the revised Six-Year Implementation Strategy that includes an overview of the grant program and also lays out provisional plans for the subsequent three years.

>> See the Six-Year Implementation Strategy and 2013 Work Plan (pdf).

Current Funding Opportunities:

There are currently no open funding opportunities for NEP Watershed funds.

Grant Awards

Grant award list from 2013/2014 three-themed grant solicitation – posted May 7, 2014.

List of all grants and direct awards by NEP Watershed from 2011 to 2014

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:

Background Information on Watershed Grant:


Kim Harper
Washington State Dept. of Ecology
3190 - 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452
(425) 649-4451