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Budget and Strategic Planning

Budget documents

Ecology operates with a biennial budget. Every two years, we submit a request to the Governor for our capital and operating budgets. In the years between, 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 publications and documents relating to Ecology’s budget for the current and previous budget cycles.

Nearly 70 percent of Ecology’s budget is passed through to Washington communities to be used for environmental work.
- Information from the Department of Ecology Budget & Program Overview, 2015-17

About Ecology's budget

Our work is incredibly complex and diverse, and that is reflected in our budget. Ecology is responsible for a $475 million operating budget and $903 million capital biennial budget. We use 52 separate accounts and are the administrator of 46 of those accounts.

Most of Ecology's budget is pass-through funding.

Nearly 70 percent of the money Ecology manages is passed through to local communities to be used on environmental projects throughout Washington. Some of this is provided directly to local governments and communities through grants and loans to help them improve their environment. Some of it is used on projects carried out by Ecology in communities. Pass-through funds directly create jobs, improve economic development, and protect environmental and public health.

Here are just a few of the ways this pass-through funding is used:

  • Building water pollution control facilities
  • Protecting and restoring Puget Sound
  • Cleaning up hazardous waste sites
  • Reducing stormwater pollution
  • Improving water supply and watershed health
  • Restoring floodplains
  • Managing solid waste and recycling
  • Reducing toxic diesel and woodstove emissions

Only 10.4 percent of Ecology’s operating budget comes from Washington’s state general fund.

Most of the budget comes from a wide range of other funding sources, including taxes on hazardous products entering the state and fines on major polluters.

Here is an overview of Ecology's 2015-17 operating and capital budget by fund source.

Contact the Financial Services office

Valerie Pearson
(360) 407-6985

Chief Financial Officer
Erik Fairchild
(360) 407-7005

Strategic Plan

Describes our strategic priorities, program missions, activities, results, and performance measures. Also describes Ecology's financial, organization and personnel capacity and information technology strategies.