Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) accounts
The CPF is divided into three separate accounts, two of which are managed by our Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program:
The Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account
The RDA Account contains money collected from natural resource damage assessments under RCW 90.48.366 through RCW 90.48.368. The RDA Account is further divided into sub-accounts based on where the spills occurred. Projects are funded that restore or enhance public resources within the same sub-account areas.
Distribution of funds from the CPF RDA Account are determined by the CPF Steering Committee in consultation with affected local agencies and tribal governments. The committee consists of members from the following agencies:
- Department of Ecology (Chair)
- Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Department of Natural Resources
- Parks and Recreation Commission
Committee meetings are open to the public and will be announced through the media and on the Ecology website calendar.
The John Bernhardt (JB) Account
The JB Account receives payments from oil and hazardous material spill penalties collected under Chapter 90.48 RCW and Chapter 90.56 RCW, and the one cent-per-gallon charge from each Marine Use Tax Refund claim under RCW 32.36.330. This account is named in memory of John Bernhardt, who worked on many environmental protection activities during his 24 years at the Department of Ecology. As section head for the agency's Spill Prevention and Policy Section in Central Programs, John Bernhardt guided development and implementation of numerous important spill prevention, planning, and response initiatives, including use of the Coastal Protection Fund.
Fund disbursement from the JB Account are determined by the Spills Program Manager with recommendations from the CPF Steering Committee.
The Terry Husseman Account (THA):
The Terry Husseman Account is managed by our Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program. It receives payments from penalties issued for water quality violations of the Water Pollution Control Act.