- Water and land-based habitat restoration
- Habitat protection
- Invasive species treatment
- Habitat restoration planning and design
- Educating the public about restoration
Who May Apply?
- Conservation districts
- Federal agencies, only if they have a local partner that is independently eligible to be a grant applicant. Projects may occur on federal lands
- Private or public corporations
- Regional fisheries enhancement groups
- Native American tribes (must be federally recognized)
- Nonprofit organizations with authority for the protection or enhancement of natural resources or related recovery activities
- Special purpose districts, such as port or park and recreation districts
- State agencies, only if they have a local partner that is independently eligible to be a grant applicant
Where May Projects be Located?
- In the geographic boundary of the Coast Salmon Partnership, which includes any watershed between Cape Flattery and Cape Disappointment that drains directly into the Pacific Ocean
- In the geographic boundary of one of the four Coastal Marine Resource Committees (North Pacific Coast [includes portions of Clallam and Jefferson Counties]; Grays Harbor County; Pacific County; or Wahkiakum County).
Funding comes from the sale of bonds and is awarded every 2 years.
There are no requirements for minimum requests. The maximum request is $2 million.
No match is required, though it is encouraged.
- Acquisition: Purchase of land, access, or other property rights in fee title or less than fee, such as conservation easements
- Restoration: Projects that bring a site back to its original, historic function as part of a natural ecosystem, or improve or enhance the ecological functionality of a site. Restoration projects may include elements such as fish passage, diversion, habitat improvements, beaver reintroduction, knotweed control, stewardship, stream bank stabilization and plantings, erosion control, water conservation, and road decommissioning.
- Planning: Assessments and inventories
- Knowledge Building Projects: Project where there is a high level of confidence in cost-effective, sustained ecosystem or resiliency benefits, and where experimentation and monitoring could substantially reduce uncertainty and improve project effectiveness and efficiency
- Combination Projects: Projects that include acquisition and either restoration or planning elements
- Acquisition through eminent domain
- Acquisitions, work, or materials purchased before the project agreement start date
- Building or indoor facility construction
- Converting from septic to sewage treatment systems
- Costs to apply for other grants
- Effectiveness monitoring costs
- Environmental cleanup of soils or materials contaminated above levels in the Model Toxics Control Act
- Fish harvest and harvest management activities
- Fishing license buy-back
- Infrastructure elements, such as sewer treatment facilities, surface and stormwater management systems, flood management structures, and water supply systems
- Land leases, except for projects on state-owned aquatic lands
- Lobbying or legislative activities
- Maintenance as stand-alone projects
- Mitigation projects, activities, or funds
- Operation or construction of fish hatcheries, net pens, artificial rearing facilities, remote site incubation systems, and supplementation
- Operation of hydropower facilities
- Park facilities or structures
- Projects that do not address an important habitat condition or natural process, or that focus mainly on supplying a secondary need
- Projects with the primary objective of providing recreational access or remediating chemical contamination
- Purchase of existing structures that are not essential to the functions or operation and maintenance of the funded site
- Work that relieves obligatory compensation or mitigation requirements
Funding is based upon the scoring and ranking recommendations of the Technical Review Panel.
The panel reviews project applications to ensure that the projects create actual environmental and job benefits, have costs that do not outweigh the anticipated benefits, and have a high likelihood of being successful. To do so, team members review applications, visit project sites, and provide feedback to grant applicants.
The grants are submitted to the state Legislature for funding consideration.
Grant recipients should complete projects within 2 years. Projects may be as long as 4 years.
Acquisitions, including water right acquisition, must be forever.
Landowners are required to maintain unimpeded fish passage at the project site forever.
Other long-term obligations may be found in the project agreement and Manual 7: Long-Term Obligations.
Alice Rubin, 360-865-8584
RCO outdoor grants manager