Ecology's budget

Every even-numbered year, we submit a request to the Governor for our capital and operating budgets. These requests support our two-year strategic plan, and each individual budget request is tied to our strategic priorities and statewide performance goals. This ensures our resources support carefully planned and vetted activities and items. In odd-numbered years, 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 our budget for the current and previous budget cycles.

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.

Most of Ecology's budget is pass-through funding

In the 2017-19 Biennium, 66 percent of our combined capital and operating budgets will be 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

Budget and program overview

After each two-year budget is passed, we prepare a comprehensive overview of that budget that includes where the money comes from, how it will be used, and the goals we have for our work in that biennium. Get the 2017-19 budget and program overview publication.