Funding for Salmon Habitat


WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum is excited to release three grant programs for 2021 to support work in the Green/Duwamish watershed.

Stewardship, Engagement and Learning (SEaL) Grants

This program was created to fund existing or new programs that support watershed conservation and restoration efforts in the Green Duwamish and Central Puget Sound watersheds, with meaningful focused outreach, learning opportunities, and/or environmental stewardship that aims to instill a sense of place, encourage appreciation of natural resources, and promote environmental literacy. Programs should clearly identify methods and tools to be employed, describe specific metrics used to gauge success, outline evaluative and assessment approaches, and prioritize focus areas of shoreline stewardship, riparian revegetation, and/or stormwater management.

For more information, please see the Request for Proposal (Acrobat pdf).

ReGreen the Green Grants

This fund supports projects that enhance riparian shade to improve conditions for salmon and meet water quality standards. There is a need to restore trees and native vegetation on all land use types, urban and rural, along the entire length of the Green River and its tributaries. Riparian revegetation projects improve water quality, salmon habitat, and contribute to the urban tree canopy. WRIA 9's 2016 Re-Green the Green: Riparian Revegetation Strategy for the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed provides important background, scientific basis, and identifies priorities for revegetation projects, including the banks of the rivers and streams mapped as high shade priority based on their solar sun angle or aspect.

For more information, please see the Request for Proposal (Acrobat pdf).

Monitoring and Research Grants

In 2021, this Request for Proposals (RFP) is soliciting proposals for:

  • Effectiveness Monitoring - Enhanced and Validation Monitoring: Enhanced monitoring is focused on understanding how Chinook are using restoration projects. Unlike routine project monitoring, which asks whether a certain type of habitat was created and sustained, enhanced monitoring is meant to determine how fish use the habitat, and which restoration and enhancement/improvement techniques work best.
  • Ongoing Research and Data Gaps: In 2004 the WRIA 9 Technical Committee created the WRIA 9 Chinook Salmon Research Framework to "provide guidance about which research efforts should be implemented in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed to inform recovery planning" (Ruggerone and Weitkamp 2004). Existing information was used to create a conceptual model of how Chinook salmon use the watershed to help organize and prioritize data and knowledge gaps for future research. You can find more detailed information in the RFP below.

For more information, please see the Request for Proposal (Word doc.).

These programs are supported by Cooperative Watershed Management grant funding through the King County Flood Control District. Please see each Request for Proposal (RFP) linked above for more detailed information on each grant program. All proposals are due by close of business Monday, March 15th, 2021.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for one of these grant programs, please submit your grant application and all supporting materials via the online form (external link) by close of business on Monday, March 15th 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Proposals must be less than 30MB (megabytes). If your materials are over the limit or cannot be uploaded, please get in touch with Suzanna Smith at 206-477-4641 or

The 2021 grant round timeline is available here (Excel).

Grant Applicant Workshops!

Please join us for our upcoming grant applicant workshop on Wednesday, February 3rd from 6- 8 pm! This 2-hour workshop is an overview of the three competitive grant programs available through the WRIA in 2021, including a demonstration of how to upload your application materials via Smartsheet. We will have two guest presenters to speak about the WaterWorks Grant Program and the upcoming King County Flood Control District grant programs in development.


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High Priority Capital Projects

The WRIA 9 6-year Habitat Projects Capital Investment Plan (HPCIP) outlines anticipated capital project investments from 2019 – 2025.

Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program

In 2012 the King County Flood Control District (FCD) agreed to provide funding to support watershed salmon recovery projects and activities in King County watersheds through a Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program. The WRIA 9 Forum makes recommendations about how to use the approximate $3.6 million in CWM funds annually to support habitat protection and restoration projects, stewardship projects and programs, and essential technical assessments.

Grant Resources:

To learn more about funding through the WRIA 9 Forum, contact Suzanna Smith, Habitat Projects Coordinator, 206-477-4641.

Additional Funding Sources through WRIA 9

Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Grant Program

Photo showing students from Mt. Rainier High School planting trees on Massey CreekSince 1999, the Watershed Ecosystem Forum (Forum) has annually solicited, reviewed and ranked applications for state and federal funding administered through the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB).

For each SRFB funding round, the WRIA 9 Forum seeks proposals for habitat projects that contribute to Chinook salmon recovery in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed. Restoration, acquisition, and assessment projects that benefit Chinook salmon, and the habitat and ecosystem functions on which they depend are eligible. Proposals must have strong technical merit, meet SRFB requirements, and be recommended in or consistent with the Salmon Habitat Plan. Cities, King County, Tribes, non-profit groups, conservation districts, regional fisheries enhancement groups, and special purpose districts all are eligible to apply.

For more information on the SRFB process, please visit the RCO website. To determine your eligibility, please consult Manual 18 for all projects and Manual 3 for projects that include an acquisition.

Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) Grant Program

The Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) fund supports projects that recover salmon and protect and recover salmon habitat in Puget Sound. The state legislature appropriates money for PSAR every two years in the Capital Budget. PSAR is co-managed by the Puget Sound Partnership and the Recreation and Conservation Office. Local entities identify and propose priority PSAR projects. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board approves projects for funding.

The PSAR Large Capital Program funds projects that are above the traditional funding amounts awarded to any lead entity. This competitive grant round is every two years (on even years) in the same cycle as traditional (regular) PSAR funding. The minimum funding amount for any WRIA 9 large capital project is $1,000,000 with no maximum.

For more information on the PSAR program, please visit the Puget Sound Partnership website.

Other Funding Opportunities

Learn about possible funding mechanisms to support salmon recovery.

For more information, contact Suzanna Smith, Habitat Projects Coordinator at 206-477-4641.