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Budget & strategic planning

Every two years, we submit a request to the governor for our capital and operating budgets. We also submit our strategic plan with these biennial budget requests. In the years between, we submit supplemental budget requests to address changing needs.

Before a budget is finalized and approved, it goes through several drafts and versions. Below are links to publications and documents relating to Ecology’s budget for the current and previous budget cycles.

Budget and program overview

In our 2017-19 operating and capital budget documents you will find links to Ecology’s budget requests, budget comparisons, and summary documents for the current biennium.

The following publications provide an overview of Ecology's previous biennial budgets. It includes where the money comes from, how it will be used, and the goals we have for our work.

About Ecology's budget

Our work is incredibly complex and diverse, and that is reflected in our budget. We use 55 separate accounts and are the administrator of 49 of those accounts. In the 2015-17 Biennium, we managed a $475 million operating budget and $903 million capital budget.

Most of Ecology's budget is pass-through funding

Historically, around 70 percent of the money we manage is passed through to local communities to be used on environmental projects throughout Washington. Some of this is provided directly to local governments and communities through grants and loans to help them improve their environment. Some of it is used on projects carried out by Ecology in communities. Pass-through funds directly create jobs, improve economic development, and protect environmental and public health.

Here are a few of the ways this pass-through funding is used:

  • Building water pollution control facilities
  • Protecting and restoring Puget Sound
  • Cleaning up hazardous waste sites
  • Reducing stormwater pollution
  • Improving water supply and watershed health
  • Restoring floodplains
  • Managing solid waste and recycling
  • Reducing toxic diesel and woodstove emissions

Ecology’s budget for 2017-19

The 2017 Legislature passed a $495 million operating budget for Ecology. They have not yet approved the 2017-19 capital budget. Instead, the Legislature approved a partial capital budget that only provides re-appropriated funds to continue current (2015–17) projects.

We are working with the Governor’s Office of Financial Management to work through the challenges in implementing a partial capital budget. Specific impacts include:
  • Loss of up to $66 million in local matching investments. Several Ecology funding programs leverage or require local matching dollars that may be lost.
  • Loss of private investments, local economic development, local tax bases, and potential increase in costs from natural disasters.
  • Potential loss of $29 million in federal funding. With no new capital budget, Ecology is at risk of losing federal grant dollars that require state match for water quality infrastructure loans and nonpoint source pollution control funding.
  • Washington Conservation Corps. There are a number of WCC staff funded through interagency agreements with other state agencies that are at risk if no new capital budget is passed.
  • Ecology facility preservation. Inability to maintain state-owned properties that are critical in keeping facilities safe, reliable, and in good working to maintain their value and operate efficiently.

Strategic Plan

Our plan describes the mission, vision, goals, and strategic priorities that guide Ecology. Also included are program missions and our financial, human resource, business technology, and operational support services objectives and capacity.