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.

2019-21 Biennial budget

Our budget for the 2019-21 Biennium makes significant investments in critical environmental work. The operating budget includes new investments in clean energy, preventing and reducing toxic threats, and protecting and restoring Puget Sound, including over $6.5 million in new direct funding to support orca recovery.

In the 2019-21 Biennium, over 65 percent of the money we manage will be 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 and loans to help them make environmental improvements. Pass-through funds directly create jobs, improve economic development, and protect environmental and public health.

Feature story: Using Floodplains by Design grants to reduce flood risks and restore habitat

Floodplains by Design (FbD) is an ambitious public-private partnership we lead with the Nature Conservancy and the Puget Sound Partnership. FbD works to speed up efforts to reduce flood risks and restore habitat along major river corridors. The goal is to improve floodplain resiliency to protect local communities and the environment. FbD also supports agriculture, clean water, and outdoor recreation. By working together, organizations can align state and federal investments with local solutions to address floodplain management challenges and create a more sustainable future.

Since 2013, Washington’s Legislature has appropriated $165 million to support large-scale, multiple-benefit projects across the state. We administer these funds through a competitive grant program. The 2019 Legislature appropriated $50.4 million for these competitive grants in the 2019-21 Biennium.

Floodplains by Design: Living better with our rivers

The state of Washington has been investing in projects using the Floodplains by Design approach since 2013. Project partners share their perspective on the importance of integrated floodplain management.

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.