Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program
Funding actions that advance Puget Sound recovery by protecting and restoring marine and nearshore habitats and ecosystem functions

The Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program, also known as the Marine and Nearshore Lead Organization, is a partnership program of the Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. We administer funds awarded to us by the federal Environmental Protection Agency through the National Estuary Program. The projects we fund implement priorities of the Action Agenda for Puget Sound that protect and restore marine and nearshore habitat and ecosystem functions. By protecting and enhancing habitat, our investments also promote Puget Sound salmon recovery.

Our program does not anticipate any future funding opportunities.

Our investments address the greatest threats to Puget Sound marine and nearshore habitats. Projects have included:

  • Reducing shoreline armoring
  • Shoreline landowner stewardship
  • Effective shoreline policy and regulation
  • Oil spill preparedness and response
  • Invasive species detection and prevention
  • Eelgrass restoration
  • Reducing derelict fishing nets
  • Shoreline and estuary restoration and acquisition
  • Adaptive management

For more information about the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program, please email PSMarineNSGrants@dfw.wa.gov, or contact Margaret McKeown.

Margaret McKeown
Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program Manager
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife