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Budget & strategic planning

Every two years, we submit a request to the Governor for our capital and operating budgets. We also submit our strategic plan with these biennial budget requests. 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 links to publications and documents relating to Ecology’s budget for the current and previous budget cycles.

Budget and program overview

In our 2017-19 operating and capital budget documents you will find links to Ecology’s budget requests, budget comparisons, and summary documents for the current biennium.

The following publications provide an overview of Ecology's previous biennial budgets. It includes where the money comes from, how it will be used, and the goals we have for our work.

About Ecology's budget

Our work is incredibly complex and diverse, and that is reflected in our budget. We use 55 separate accounts and are the administrator of 49 of those accounts. In the 2015-17 Biennium, we managed a $475 million operating budget and $903 million capital budget.

Most of Ecology's budget is pass-through funding

Historically, around 70 percent of the money we manage 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 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

Ecology’s 2017-19 budget

The 2017 Legislature passed a $495 million 2017-19 operating budget for Ecology. Early in the 2018 Session, they passed — and the governor signed — a capital budget for 2017-19. Statewide, this budget unlocks over $4 billion in funding for projects that were on hold in absence of a budget. For Ecology, there are nearly $641 million in new resources to fund high-priority environmental projects across the state. The capital budget also solves the Model Toxics Control Act’s nearly $60 million shortfall. $70 million in toxic site cleanup and stormwater projects that were on hold will now move forward. It also allows around 50 Ecology employees who have been temporarily charging to other fund sources and, in some cases, doing other work, to return to normal activities.

The Legislature will now be working on passing a supplemental operating budget, and likely also a supplemental capital budget. We will update this site as session progresses and more information is available.

Strategic Plan

Our plan describes the mission, vision, goals, and strategic priorities that guide Ecology. Also included are program missions and our financial, human resource, business technology, and operational support services objectives and capacity.