The Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program functions as the Marine and Nearshore Lead Organization (LO). We are a partnership program, staffed by both the Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. We administer funds awarded to us by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to implement priorities of the Action Agenda for Puget Sound to protect and restore habitat and ecosystem functions.
Our approach to this work is oriented around addressing the greatest threats to Puget Sound marine and nearshore habitats. Our investment categories are:
- Effective Regulation and Stewardship
- Strategic Capital Investment
- High Priority Threats: Oil Spills and Invasive Species
- Adaptive Management
- Cross-Cutting Investment
Each investment we make works to implement the Action Agenda for Puget Sound and advances ecosystem recovery targets and local priorities. By protecting and enhancing nearshore habitat, our investments also promote Puget Sound salmon recovery.
To find out more about things citizens can do, visit the Department of Ecology’s “Saving Puget Sound –What can you do” website.