DNR Aquatic Restoration Program
Click Here for Survey
Home > Science & Environment > Topics > Aquatic Clean-Up & Restoration > DNR Aquatic Restoration Program
DNR Aquatic Restoration Program 


The Aquatic Restoration Program works to restore, enhance, create, and protect healthy ecological conditions in freshwater, saltwater and estuarine aquatic systems through partnerships with agencies and organizations.

Projects types include, but are not limited to:
beach and nearshore softening, estuary restoration, riparian re-vegetation, side-channel reconnections, as well as DNR’s Creosote Removal Program.

If you know of a site with restoration potential, please contact us. DNR Aquatics has three districts across the state, each has an Aquatics Restoration Manager designated to the Program who can assist you.

The Aquatic Restoration Program is leading restoration efforts throughout the state. These projects are long term activities that progress from securing funds, coordinating conceptual design, all the way to final construction and maintenance of the restoration project. Below are links to the projects DNR is currently managing. These links will be updated as the projects progress.

Ediz Hook
Secret Harbor
Lake Washington
Grays Harbor
Ediz Hook Piling Removal Restoration ProjectSecret Harbor Restoration ProjectLake Washington Restoration ProjectDamon Point Restoration

DNR’s Aquatic Restoration Program has various partnership opportunities. The program may partner with a project proponent that is leading the restoration.  Below are links to examples of current and past project DNR has helped fund. For those projects, DNR may enhance the project by:

  • Providing funds
  • Supporting grant applications
  • Reviewing permits or restoration design

In addition, the Restoration Program can provide a direct role in the partnership by leading restoration projects as shown above in the DNR Spotlight Projects.  Tasks involve:
Project management;

  • Writing and managing grants;
  • Completing the permit process with federal state and local agencies; and
  • Implementing the project.

We hope to continue to expand these partnerships. If your public or private organization is interested in partnership opportunities, please contact the Restoration Manager in your project area.

Below are links to descriptions, maps and photographs of the project the Aquatic Restoration Program has supported.
Project Descriptions, Status, Maps and Photos

Map of Restoration Projects (2.1MB PDF)
Completed July 2003 through June 2007
Completed July 2007 through June 2009
Completed or in process July 2009 through June 2011

Funding Provisions for Proponent-led Projects

  • Funding is only provided for on-the-ground portions of restoration projects—typically on-site preparation, and implementation of restoration-related activities.
  • Matching funds require a 1:1 ratio. The match may come from other cash sources (federal, state, local or other), in-kind services and volunteer hours. A goal is to provide seed money for projects that will leverage additional funds and/or in-kind services and, as a result, increase the restoration benefits.
  • The project has long-term viability (ongoing stewardship, sustainable, protected from development).
  • Projects on, adjacent to, or that have a direct benefit to state-owned aquatic land.
  • Project based on sound technical knowledge.
  • Project has gone through public review and is supported by the community.

Projects Ineligible for Funding
Ineligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Projects that are solely based on mitigation requirements;
  • Project based solely on invasive species removal/eradication;
  • Projects which focus on lake management (i.e. blue-green algae treatment, fish stocking, dredging, aquatic vegetation removal).

How to Request Funds
If you are interested in funding support, please complete and submit the Request for Funds form. For other types of support, please contact the Restoration Manager that works in the county in which your project is located. Projects are evaluated by the Restoration Managers every other month.

If there is any immediacy to your request, please explain the situation and timeline upon submittal of the form. Funding typically awarded ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 and is available on a 2-year (biennial) basis.

Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Files Filter

to specify items for consumption by a Data View. To change the list that this refers to, check the Miscellaneous group in the sidebar tool for the ListURL value and change the URL to point to a different list.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Contacts Filter

to specify items for consumption by a Data View. To change the list that this refers to, check the Miscellaneous group in the sidebar tool for the ListURL value and change the URL to point to a different list.


Monica Shoemaker
Aquatics Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics -- Shoreline District

Allen Lebovitz
Aquatics Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics Division -- Rivers District

Christopher Robertson
Aquatic Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics Division - Orca Straits District


 Related Links