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Department of Ecology

RCW 43.21A

The Department of Ecology was created by the Legislature in 1970. As the state's primary agency for environmental protection, Ecology administers laws and rules relating to air quality, water quality, water resources, oil spill prevention, preparedness and response, hazardous waste and toxics reduction, solid waste management, nuclear waste, toxic site cleanups, and shoreline and wetlands management. Ecology also provides services in the areas of financial assistance, permitting, environmental compliance, technical assistance, environmental education, watershed planning, and environmental monitoring and assessment. Ecology’s goals are to: • Support and engage our communities, customers, and employees. • Reduce and prepare for climate change impacts. • Prevent and reduce toxic threats and pollution. • Protect and manage our state’s waters. • Protect and restore Puget Sound.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.
Request 2,799,578,000
Net change from current biennium 487,248,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 21.1% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
(295,000) St/Loc Impr Rev Acct Water Sup Fac - Bonds 295,000 295,000
(16,157,000) Columbia River Basin Water Supply - Bonds 16,157,000 9,428,000
(45,000) Col River Basin Tax Bond Wtr Sup - Bonds 45,000 45,000
(14,579,000) State Tax Bld Construction Account - Bonds 14,579,000 29,071,000
111,203,000 (25,599,000) General Fund - Federal 70,278,273 136,802,000 124,549,000
(124,711,000) Water Pollution Control Revolving - Federal 124,711,000 151,659,000
27,066,000 (112,599,000) General Fund - Private/Local 15,622,272 139,665,000 138,567,000
State Toxics Control Account - Private/Local 935
499,000 Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - Private/Local 499,000 499,000
61,620,000 General Fund - State 40,387,431 61,620,000 51,492,000
4,919,000 Reclamation Account - State 3,606,984 4,919,000 4,254,000
4,184,000 Flood Control Assistance Account - State 2,914,504 4,184,000 4,000,000
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account - State 150,000
40,000 St Emergency Water Projects Revolv - State 40,000 40,000
26,052,000 Waste Reduct/Recycle/Litter Control - State 14,695,860 26,052,000 26,403,000
(570,574,000) State Building Construction Account - State 570,574,000 627,530,000
204,000 (2,228,000) State Drought Preparedness Response - State 2,432,000 2,088,000
183,000 St/Loc Impr Rev Acct Water Sup Fac - State 0.23 183,000 186,000
(1,855,000) Waste Tire Removal Account - State 1,855,000 1,570,000
Motor Vehicle Account - State 27,362
528,000 Aquatic Algae Control Account - State 500,500 528,000 730,000
48,000 Water Rights Tracking System Acct - State 20 48,000 48,000
582,000 (8,505,000) Site Closure Account - State 185,353 9,087,000 9,074,000
(39,345,000) Cleanup Settlement Account - State 39,345,000 34,545,000
577,000 Wood Stove Education/Enforcement - State 479,182 577,000 563,000
1,996,000 Worker/Community Right to Know Acct - State 1,453,591 1,996,000 1,948,000
39,000 Water Rights Processing Account - State 39,000 39,000
State Toxics Control Account - State 146,690,719
Local Toxics Control Account - State 4,160,036
48,068,000 Water Quality Permit Account - State 43,829,493 48,068,000 45,783,000
3,976,000 Underground Storage Tank Account - State 2,941,927 3,976,000 3,827,000
2,709,000 Biosolids Permit Account - State 2,057,539 2,709,000 2,591,000
Environ Legacy Stewardship Account - State 41,010,231
7,170,000 Hazardous Waste Assistance Account - State 6,491,416 7,170,000 7,264,000
21,239,000 Radioactive Mixed Waste Acct - State 16,847,368 21,239,000 22,012,000
4,463,000 (29,983,000) Air Pollution Control Account - State 2,887,841 34,446,000 22,547,000
11,379,000 2,200,000 Oil Spill Prevention Account - State 8,782,961 9,179,000 6,343,000
4,692,000 Air Operating Permit Account - State 3,273,557 4,692,000 4,731,000
Wastewater Treatmt Plant Oper Cert - State 552,000
1,497,000 Freshwater Aquatic Weeds Account - State 1,184,877 1,497,000 1,700,000
8,576,000 Oil Spill Response Account - State 1,224,941 8,576,000 5,842,000
Photovoltaic Module Recycling Acct - State (46,000)
(210,714,000) Model Toxics Control Capital Accoun - State 210,714,000 382,701,000
250,319,000 Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State 250,319,000 283,850,000
(87,290,000) Model Toxics Control Stormwater Acc - State 87,290,000 154,294,000
Voluntary Cleanup Account - State 344,000
182,000 Paint Product Stewardship Account - State 182,000 66,000
(6,482,000) Columbia River Basin Water Supply R - State 6,482,000 7,367,000
929,000 Dedicated Marijuana Acct - State 72,325 929,000 543,000
(13,558,000) Watershed Restor Enhance Bond Acct - State 13,558,000 85,547,000
2,920,000 2,920,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,914,780
4,220,000 Water Pollution Control Revol Admin - State 3,279,429 4,220,000 4,510,000
(438,465,000) Water Pollution Control Revolving - State 438,465,000 533,000,000
Clean Fuels Program Account - State 373,000
Climate Investment Account - State 2,709,000
612,079,000 (1,697,864,000) Total Appropriated Funds 437,801,707 2,309,943,000 2,797,223,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 2,738
(170,000) Basic Data Account - Nonappropriated 150,139 170,000 170,000
(829,000) Electronic Products Recycling Acct - Nonappropriated 677,543 829,000 801,000
(248,000) Product Stewardship Programs Acct - Nonappropriated 214,234 248,000 244,000
1,977,000 1,977,000 State Agency Ofc Relocat Pool Acct - Nonappropriated
(76,000) Photovoltaic Module Recycling Acct - Nonappropriated 7,478 76,000 76,000
State Agency Parking Account - Nonappropriated 88,366
(1,064,000) Coastal Protection Account - Nonappropriated 680,318 1,064,000 1,064,000
735,423 735,423 Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated
2,712,423 325,423 Total Non-Appropriated Funds 1,820,817 2,387,000 2,355,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
25,508,347 25,508,347 General Fund - Federal 7,436,364
108,834,531 108,834,531 Water Pollution Control Revolving - Federal 51,197,469
112,510,436 112,510,436 General Fund - Private/Local 189,564
522,335,168 522,335,168 State Building Construction Account - State 146,657,205
2,211,848 2,211,848 State Drought Preparedness Response - State 153,192
294,784 294,784 St/Loc Impr Rev Acct Water Sup Fac - State
1,471,636 1,471,636 Waste Tire Removal Account - State 828,596
14,719,266 14,719,266 Columbia River Basin Water Supply - State 7,796,037
8,492,011 8,492,011 Site Closure Account - State 57,989
36,429,458 36,429,458 Cleanup Settlement Account - State 14,203,605
State Toxics Control Account - State 10,001,844
Local Toxics Control Account - State 37,932,763
44,689 44,689 Col River Basin Tax Bond Wtr Sup - State 971,473
Environ Legacy Stewardship Account - State 12,575,277
27,306,140 27,306,140 Air Pollution Control Account - State 4,593,860
210,714,000 210,714,000 Model Toxics Control Capital Accoun - State
87,290,000 87,290,000 Model Toxics Control Stormwater Acc - State
6,335,129 6,335,129 Columbia River Basin Water Supply R - State 146,800
14,548,427 14,548,427 State Tax Bld Construction Account - State 477,611
53,532,619 53,532,619 Watershed Restor Enhance Bond Acct - State 67,382
412,975,523 412,975,523 Water Pollution Control Revolving - State 143,093,042
1,645,554,012 1,645,554,012 Total Appropriated Funds 438,380,073

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 234,282,457 237,774,954 84,413,840 306,221,000 308,423,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
40,993,036 10.3% (117,433,730) (26.7%) 292,455,206 90.8%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 1,531.0 1,535.5 1,457.5 1,842.1 1,804.4