The PS Marine and Nearshore Grant Program supports Puget Sound habitat protection and restoration projects. The Grant Program is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the National Estuary Program (NEP). EPA has allocated approximately $12.2 million to the Grant Program since February of 2011, and additional funding may be available through 2016. NEP funding is invested in the work of state, local and tribal governments, not-for-profit organizations, and other partners to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda to recover Puget Sound.
Several Washington State Agencies were selected to serve as Lead Organizations in four different areas of emphasis. Each LO will coordinate investments and implement a six-year strategy for future NEP funding. The four Puget Sound emphasis areas include:
Watershed protection and restoration Departments of Ecology and Commerce
Toxics and nutrients prevention, reduction, and control Department of Ecology
Pathogen prevention, reduction, and control Departments of Health and Ecology
In addition, both the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) have cooperative agreements with EPA to assist in Puget Sound recovery. PSP funding is focused on regional engagement and Action Agenda management. NWIFC funding provides sub-awards to 20 federally-recognized tribes located within the greater Puget Sound Basin to implement high priority projects that will contribute directly to the restoration and protection of Puget Sound.