Coastal Protection Fund – Terry Husseman Account Grants

Terry Husseman Account (THA) grants support locally-sponsored projects that restore or enhance the environment. Typical projects address:

  • Water quality issues.
  • Fish and wildlife protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state, such as streams, lakes, wetlands, or the ocean.

To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

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Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Variable. Funding awards depend on revenue from water quality penalties and available regional sub-account levels.
  • Grant award limit: Grant awards are up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award ranges from $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Amount of matching funds required: There are no recipient match or cost-share requirements, since THA grants provide 100% of project Total Eligible Cost. THA grants also can help meet match requirements for other state grants.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Date Program Milestones
Jan. 2, 2024  EAGL application opens
Feb. 6, 2024 EAGL application closes**
Feb. 8 - Feb. 9, 2024 Application screening
Feb. 12 - March 12, 2024 Application evaluation period
April 2024 Funding decision email notices are sent to applicants
April 2024 Award letters are sent to recipients
April - May 2024 Agreements are negotiated and written
May 2024 Agreements start date
Varies depending on project
(12 to 18 months after start date)
Agreements end date

** Applications for an Environmental Emergency or Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. Before applying, please reach out to the Grant Program Administrators for project eligibility. To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

Funding is available for the following entities:

Eligible applicants:  

  • Washington counties, cities, and towns
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • State agencies
  • Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG)*
  • Special Purpose Districts:
    • Conservation Districts
    • Ports
    • Public Utility Districts

Private entities and non-profit organizations are not eligible to receive THA funding* (with the exception of RFEGs). However, they may partner with eligible applicants to provide more financial support in addition to the THA grant.

Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment.

Eligible project types:

  • Riparian restoration
  • Aquatic land geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Wetland restoration
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Fish and wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Livestock exclusion fencing

Ineligible project types:

  • Watershed planning
  • Research and data gathering
  • Species Management (not habitat management)
  • Land use/stormwater management planning
  • Environmental monitoring

More information about this funding program

2024 Terry Husseman Account Grant Program - Project List

Region Organization Project Name Amount How will funds be used
Central Washington (includes Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties) Benton Conservation District Yakima River Floodplain Enhancement $36,229 The Benton Conservation District is awarded $36,229 to restore a historic side channel of the Yakima River by replacing invasive species with native vegetation. This project will reduce excessive water temperatures in the summer and strengthen the banks of the channel and floodplain for increased flows through the side channel.
Central Washington Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Upper Columbia restoration and outreach $43,550 The Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is awarded $43,550 to improve water quality and promote community engagement at six sites in the Methow, Wenatchee, and Okanogan Basins. This grant will support riparian planting at Mack Lloyd Park; riparian planting on Omak Creek on the Colville Reservation; a riparian plant guide; volunteer planting and maintenance at Mazama Park; and planting and stewardship at Lower Sleepy Hollow Preserve on the Wenatchee River.
Central Washington Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Lower Cowiche Riparian Establishment $49,944 The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is awarded $49,944 to establish a new riparian forest along the lower Cowiche Creek. This project will ensure survival of previous plantings for water quality and habitat goals and supports stewardship work near Yakima.
Central Washington Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Wilson Creek Riparian Buffer Demonstration $49,950 The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group is also awarded $49,950 for the Wilson Creek Riparian Buffer Demonstration project. This project will remove invasive Crack Willow from the right bank of Wilson creek, plant a riparian buffer, and reduce bank erosion. This small scale riparian project will demonstrate the benefit of the value of riparian buffers to the many other streamside landowners and the community of Ellensburg.
Eastern Washington (includes Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties) Spokane Conservation District Deadman Creek Habitat Restoration Project $50,000 The Spokane Conservation District is awarded $50,000 to stabilize and restore the stream bank along Deadman Creek. The project will address the active erosion on site, restore riparian buffer and habitat, and reconnect the floodplain.
Eastern Washington Walla Walla County Conservation District Mill Creek Environmental Emergency Project $49,750 The Walla Walla County Conservation District is awarded $49,750 to respond to an environmental emergency in Mill Creek. During the historic Feb. 2020 flood event, a house was washed towards the Mill Creek stream channel. This project will remove debris, including a refrigerator, foam, and assorted construction materials, before they fall into Mill Creek.
Eastern Washington Walla Walla County Consercation District Dry Creek riparian enhancement and erosion control $44,308 The Walla Walla County Conservation District is also awarded $44,308 to reduce erosion and increase riparian plantings on Dry Creek. This project will install pilings along the toe of the bank with slash material woven in behind them and install native vegetation along both banks.
Northwest Washington (includes Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties) City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Juanita Creek Buffer Restoration in Edith Moulton Park -- Phase 2 $49,482 The City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services is awarded $49,482 to continue restoration of the Juanita Creek buffer in Edith Moulton Park. Invasive vegetation will be removed and the site replanted with native plants. This project will enhance wildlife and aquatic habitat, improve water quality, increase resistance and resiliency of the riparian buffer to climate change, improve park aesthetics, and build stewardship.
Northwest Washington Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group Rose Point Embayment Restoration $50,000 The Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group is awarded $50,000 for the Rose Point embayment restoration project to restore a historic embayment estuary and remove a creosote piling bulkhead on private properties at Rose Point near Eglon in North Kitsap County on the Puget Sound shoreline.
Northwest Washington Snohomish Conservation District Snohomish Riverfront Riparian Restoration at Pilchuck Julia Park $49,262 The Snohomish Conservation District is awarded $49,262 to improve water quality by planting and maintaining a riparian forest buffer along the Snohomish River.
Southwest Washington (includes Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties) Clark Conservation District Poop Smart Clark Outreach & Education $49,861 The Clark Conservation District is awarded $49,861 to support Poop Smart Clark, a nonpoint source Pollution Identification and Correction program in Clark County that reduces and prevents fecal bacterial pollution through pollution source identification, targeted outreach, and voluntary implementation of best management practices. This funding will support existing outreach efforts, connecting local residents with program resources and creating behavior change.
Southwest Washington Clark Public Utility District Rock Creek Riparian Habitat Enhancement III $49,895 The Clark Public Utility District is awarded $49,895 for riparian habitat enhancement of Rock Creek in the Salmon Creek watershed. This project will address water quality impairments and enhance wildlife habitat with planting native trees and shrubs to increase stream shade, baseflows, stormwater infiltration, and reduce turbidity. This project will also increase public awareness and provide volunteer stewardship opportunities.
Southwest Washington Clallam County Department of Community Development  Beaver Coexistence Training Project $29,000 The Clallam County Department of Community Development is awarded $29,000 for a beaver coexistence training workshop. This project will fund a workshop, technical assistance, and presentation focused on beaver benefits to the watershed and coexistence with landowners in the Dungeness River area. The workshop will also include learning new, nonlethal techniques for beaver management, and presentation for community education.
Southwest Washington Underwood Conservation District Enhancing Watershed Resilience with GIS in Underwood Conservation District $50,000 The Underwood Conservation District is awarded $50,000 to expand an existing geospatial database to improve natural resource management, expand partner and public engagement, and increase ecosystem resilience to a wide variety of regional climate impacts. This project will result in more effective, targeted watershed restoration and management on the ground for watersheds in Skamania County and western Klickitat County.

Project proposal evaluations and grant award decisions

Project proposals are evaluated and considered for funding by each region. Grant award decisions are based on the following evaluation criteria with a total of 60 possible points:

  • Project Outcomes (10 points)
  • Deliverables (5 points)
  • Budget (5 points)
  • Project schedule (5 points)
  • Leveraged funds and resources (5 points)
  • Broad, local support (10 points)
  • Readiness to proceed (5 points)
  • Implementation of planning efforts (5 points)
  • Environmental Justice (5 points)
  • Climate Change (5 points)

For more information regarding the evaluation and scoring, see "Table 3, Project scoring criteria" in the THA 2024 Funding Guidelines. Before you begin filling out the application form, we recommend you contact the appropriate Regional Fund Coordinator listed below by email or telephone.