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Puget Sound

Puget Sound Strategic Initiatives Funding 2016-2020

This page contains information about past EPA funding awards for Puget Sound. For current funding information, visit funding and grants for Puget Sound.


In 2016, EPA developed a funding model that targets areas of high priority in Puget Sound around three Strategic Initiatives in the Action Agenda:

  1. Habitat.
  2. Shellfish.
  3. Stormwater.

The Strategic Initiatives are led by state agencies which convene advisory groups of policy and technical experts to determine which projects are the best fit for sub-awards that most closely align with the Action Agenda and prioritize near-term recovery. These advisory groups develop implementation strategies and use adaptive management approaches to address the Puget Sound Vital Signs. A list of projects selected for priority funding is available at Partners in Puget Sound Recovery.Exit

Sub-awards are granted to local, tribal, state, county, NGO, and academic institutions to carry out a wide variety of projects, assessments, and monitoring.

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Strategic Initiatives Awards 2016-2020


Led by the Washington State Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Natural Resources.

  • Objective: Protect and restore habitat by removing barriers for habitat restoration and through implementing regulations and incentives.
  • Funding: Over $26 million has been awarded.
  • Contact: Angela Adams (


Led by the Washington State Department of Health in coordination with the Departments of Ecology and Agriculture.

  • Objective: Protect and recover shellfish beds by increasing enforcement of existing regulations and programs and preventing pollution through incentives.
  • Funding: Over $21 million has been awarded.
  • Contact: Catherine Gockel (


Led by the Washington State Department of Ecology in partnership with the Washington Stormwater Center at Washington State University and the Department of Commerce. 

  • Objective: Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff by fixing existing problems, preventing new problems, controlling sources of pollution, educating, and implementing a holistic watershed approach to management.
  • Funding: Over $22 million has been awarded.
  • Contact: Catherine Gockel (

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