Ecology's budget

Our work is incredibly complex and diverse, and that is reflected in our budget. We use 62 separate accounts and are the administrator of 54 of those accounts. 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.

2021-23 biennial budget request

Our budget request for the 2021-23 Biennium includes new investments in all of Ecology's strategic goals to:

  • Support and engage communities, customers, and employees.
  • Reduce and prepare for climate impacts.
  • Prevent and reduce toxic threats and pollution.
  • Protect and manage the state’s waters.
  • Protect and restore Puget Sound.

This budget will create jobs and address significant environmental and public health projects and priorities across the state. Read more about our 2021-23 budget request.

2019-21 biennial budget

In the current biennium, over 65 percent of the money we manage is being passed through to local communities across the state to be used on environmental projects. Most of this money is provided directly to local governments and communities through grants, loans, and contracts to help them make environmental improvements. Pass-through funds directly create jobs, improve economic development, and protect environmental and public health. Read more about our 2019-21 budget.

Brownfields Program helps Palouse clean up and redevelop a former petroleum distribution site.

Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties that may have environmental contamination They are common in communities of all sizes — they may be old gas stations, drycleaners, industrial facilities, smelters, or former agricultural land.

Negative perceptions of brownfields, along with potential environmental liability concerns, can complicate a community’s redevelopment plans. Local governments encounter brownfields as they plan to revitalize downtowns, make improvements to infrastructure, and redevelop old properties to meet community needs.

Our Brownfields Program helps communities put those properties back into use so they can bring their redevelopment visions to life.

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 2019-21 budget & program overview book.