Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program
The Puget Sound is a coastal/inland waterway in Washington state, and is considered to be one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in North America. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program supports the protection and restoration of Puget Sound aquatic resources in areas threatened by development. These grants are given to local and tribal governments and special purpose districts. The grants support the development of land use management tools to manage and minimize the effects of population and economic growth on water quality and aquatic habitat. Successful projects match proposed activities to the appropriate watershed scale to ensure environmental results and protect watershed processes, functions, and values.
The grants support efforts to protect public water supplies and conserve a balanced indigenous population of shellfish, fish and wildlife. The promotion of recreational activities in and on the water is also a priority.
Some successful grantees have used funds to develop watershed restoration plans, monitor watershed conditions, and develop cost estimates for stormwater management.
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- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Land management and conservation
- Land use and built environment
- Water resources
- Best practice
- Funding program