ALEA Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account

Funding

$6.6 million

Details

Grant Limit

$1,000,000

Details

Match Requirement

50%

Details

In 1984, the Washington State Legislature created this grant program to ensure that money generated from aquatic lands was used to protect and enhance those lands.

Grants may be used for the acquisition, improvement, or protection of aquatic lands for public purposes. They also may be used to provide or improve public access to the waterfront.

Aquatic lands are all tidelands, shore lands, harbor areas, and the beds of navigable waters.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Application Webinar, Applications Open

February 13, 2020 

Application Due

May 1, 2020 

Technical Review

May 27, 2020 - May 28, 2020

Technical Completion Deadline

June 13, 2020 

Project Evaluation

August 24, 2020 - August 25, 2020

Board Awards Grants

October 7, 2020 - October 8, 2020

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual

Announcements

Project Celebrations
Current Grants and Program History
For older versions, contact RCO

Typical Projects

  • Removing bulkheads to restore natural beach functions
  • Restoring an estuary
  • Replacing a waterfront boardwalk
  • Restoring shoreline for salmon habitat
  • Developing a waterfront park

Who May Apply?

  • Local agencies
  • State agencies
  • Native American Tribes

The above entities must be authorized legally to acquire and develop public open space, habitat, or recreation facilities.

Funding

Funding generally is awarded every 2 years.

ALEA is funded almost entirely by revenue generated from aquatic lands and is used to improve those lands or access to them. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources manages the state-owned aquatic lands and generates revenue from activities such as leasing waterfront sites to marinas and selling harvest rights for geoduck clams.

Grant Limits

Project TypeGrant LimitAdministrative Cost Limit
Acquisition$1 million 5 percent of the total acquisition costs.
Restoration or Improvement $500,000
Development $500,000 20 percent of the total project cost
30 percent of the total project cost for Salmon Recovery Funding Board projects
Combination (acquisition and development or restoration) $1 million. Not more than $500,000 may be for development or restoration.

Grant applicants may ask for greater amounts.

Match Details

Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Federal, state, local, and private grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

For local agencies, at least 10 percent of the total project cost must come from a non-state, non-federal contribution.

Eligible Projects

Acquisition: Buying land, leases, conservation easements, or access easements that will provide reasonable public access.

Restoration: Returning damaged or altered land to a condition that could be reasonably expected to substantially improve ecological conditions. The work is expected to result in a site that is self-sustaining and will not require continual intervention to function as a predominantly natural ecosystem.

Restoration projects must allow or provide public access to aquatic lands. Restoration projects with interpretive or educational elements are strongly encouraged.

Development: Improving, renovating, or providing new structures or facilities that support public access to aquatic lands and waters for water-dependent activities. Educational features are strongly encouraged.

Ineligible Projects

  • Concessionaire buildings
  • Fish and other wildlife production facilities
  • Indoor facilities such as pools, community centers, museums, environmental centers
  • Offices, shops, residences, meeting rooms
  • Operating, overhead, and incidental costs
  • Routine maintenance costs
  • Legally mandated clean-up or mitigation costs not associated with the project

What are Navigable Waters?

ALEA projects must be associated with navigable waters of the state as defined by Washington Administrative Code 332-30-106, Revised Code of Washington 79.105, and Article 17 of the State Constitution.

All marine waters are, by definition, navigable, as are portions of rivers influenced by tides. Navigable rivers and lakes are those determined by the judiciary, those bounded by meander lines, or those that could have been used for commerce at the time of statehood.

Known navigable freshwater bodies in eastern Washington include the following:

  • Calispell Creek
  • Calispell Lake
  • Cle Elum Lake
  • Columbia River
  • Curlew Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Eloika Lake
  • Fishtrap Lake
  • Kachess Lake
  • Keechelus Lake
  • Lake Chelan
  • Liberty Lake
  • Loon Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Medical Lake
  • Methow River (lower)
  • Moses Lake
  • Newman Lake
  • Okanogan River
  • Osoyoos Lake
  • Pacific Lake
  • Palmer Lake
  • Pend Oreille River
  • Rock Lake
  • Snake River
  • Spirit Lake
  • Spokane River
  • Sprague Lake
  • Waitts Lake
  • Wenatchee Lake
  • Wenatchee River
  • West Medical Lake
  • Yakima River (portions)

Long-term Commitment

Property acquired, developed, or renovated with ALEA grants must be kept for public outdoor recreation use forever. More information is in Manual 7: Long-term Obligations.