Under the National Estuary Program, the Environmental Protection Agency provides funding to Washington State agencies as Lead Organizations to develop and implement six-year strategies for ecosystem protection and restoration in four categories.

The four investment categories include:

  1. Protection and restoration of watersheds.
  2. Protection and restoration of marine and nearshore habitats.
  3. Prevention, reduction and control of toxic and nutrient discharges to Puget Sound.
  4. Prevention, reduction and control of pathogen discharges to Puget Sound.

EPA funds for these four categories total $64.75 million to implement actions during the the first four years of strategies that have been adopted to address healthy waters in the region over a six-year period.

EPA provided approximately $14.4 million in federal fiscal year 2013 and can provide additional funds during the six-year strategic intiative, dependent on congressional appropriations.

Lead Organizations’ (Washington state agencies) investments implement the 2012 Action Agenda strategic initiatives:

  • 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 local work.

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, with a total of $15.8 million invested in fiscal years 2010-2013. A portion of this Partnership funding supports coordination of the San Juan and eight other local integrating organizations (LIOs).  EPA provided a total of $15.68 million to the NWIFC between federal fiscal years 2010 and 2013.  The NWIFC awards grants to the 19 federally recognized tribes in Puget Sound, or to any authorized consortium of these tribes, to implement high-priority projects that have been identified in the Action Agenda.

For example, in 2013, San Juan County will receive $307,270 in Salmon Recovery Funding for priority salmon recovery projects.  Lead Organization funding is a small part of the overall funding that supports the conservation and restoration of Puget Sound, the Salish Sea, and related waterways.



Implementation Committee Meeting:

Bimonthly first Thursdays, 11:00 am -1:00 pm, 7/1, 9/2, 11/4
See San Juan County website Agenda Center for agendas and meeting links

Accountability Oversight Committee Meetings:

Schedule pending

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Road, Mount Vernon



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