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Under the National Estuary Program, EPA provides funding to Washington state agencies as Lead Organizations to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda. These Lead Organizations develop and implement six-year strategies for four categories of ecosystem protection and restoration. EPA funds for the four categories total $64.75 million for the first four years. EPA  can provide additional funds for the remaining years of the six year strategies, dependent on federal appropriations. Lead Organizations are making investments to implement the 2012 Puget Sound Action Agenda and the priorities set through the strategic initiative process. The three strategic initiatives for 2012/2013 include:

  • Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff
  • Protect and restore habitat
  • Recover shellfish beds

Lead Organizations use competitive processes, and in some cases direct awards, to fund work identified in their six-year strategies.

In addition, the Puget Sound Partnership and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) have cooperative agreements with EPA. The Partnership’s funding focuses on regional engagement, stewardship and managing the implementation of the Action Agenda. The NWIFC awards grants to the 19 federally recognized tribes in Puget Sound and any authorized consortium of these tribes to implement high priority projects identified in the Action Agenda.

This funding is a small part of the overall funding that supports the conservation and restoration of Puget Sound. For more information on other grant and loan funding for protection and restoration projects in Puget Sound visit:

Projects Funded by Lead Organizations
Click here to find a list of projects that Lead Organizations have funded to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

Funding Opportunities

The following list includes upcoming funding opportunities that are anticipated by Lead Organizations. Please check back often for updates.

Request for Proposals Approximate Date of Issue Date of Closure
Toxics and Nutrients Lead Organization
Prevent and reduce sources of nutrients June 2013 September 2013
Marine and Nearshore Lead Organization
Incentive programs to reduce shoreline armoring

Spring 2014

Puget Sound Partnership Stewardship
Tree planting RFQQ October 2013 November 2013
Pathogen Prevention and Reduction Lead Organization
Pollution Identification and Correction RFP September 2013 November 2013
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Tribal Projects to Restore and Protect Puget Sound August 2013 September 23, 2013
Watershed Lead Organization
1. Improve land use decisions
2. Conduct stormwater retrofit planning & pre-design

3.  Protect or restore riparian or floodplain habitat
October 2013 January 25, 2014


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Specific information about funding opportunities, including how to apply is available at the links below:

Stewardship focuses on: A three pronged approach to action including:

  • Issue awareness and understanding,
  • Changing practices and behaviors, &
  • Social and institutional infrastructure.

The Puget Sound Partnership is the Lead Organization for this category.

Marine and nearshore protection and restoration focuses on: Effective regulation and stewardship, strategic capital investments, programs that address high priority threats to the marine and nearshore ecosystem, and adaptive management. The state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources are the Lead Organizations for this category.

For more information, please contact:
Maggie Mckeown, WDNR:, 360.902.1072
Patricia Jatczak, WDFW:, 360.902.2597

Watershed protection and restoration focuses on: Watershed characterization, land use and working lands, strategies to manage stormwater and strategies to protect and restore watershed ecosystems. The state departments of Ecology and Commerce are the Lead Organizations for this work.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Harper, Ecology: KHAR461@ECY.WA.GOV, 425.649.4451
Doug Peters, Department of Commerce:, 360.725.3046

Toxics and nutrients prevention, reduction and control focuses on: Reducing toxic chemicals in products, preventing toxic chemicals in stormwater, determining the how human sources of nutrients affect Puget Sound, and reducing nutrient loadings in a prioritized fashion. The state Department of Ecology is the Lead Organization for this category.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Kolosseus, Department of Ecology: AKOL461@ECY.WA.GOV, 360.407.7543

Pathogen prevention, reduction and control focuses on: Implementing local on-site sewage management plans, establishing sustainable local nonpoint pollution identification and correction programs, and reducing pathogen loadings through improved manure management. The state departments of Health and Ecology are the Lead Organizations.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Knackstedt, Department of Health: Mary.Knackstedt@DOH.WA.GOV, 360.236.3319

EPA Puget Sound Funding Map (Web site)