Aquatic Lands Restoration Team

As steward of 2.6 million acres of state-owned land beneath Washington's lakes, rivers, marine waters and estuaries, DNR has a unique role to play in the effort to ensure healthy waterways.  The Aquatic Lands Restoration Team works to restore ecological quality and function to native aquatic habitats for their ecological values, for the benefit of the people, plants, and animals that live there.
DNR's Aquatic Lands Restoration Team achieves this by restoring, enhancing, creating, and protecting healthy ecological conditions in freshwater, saltwater, and estuarine systems through partnerships with agencies and organizations across Washington.
Our team identifies, plans, and implements projects that focus on the following goals:
Remove toxics from the aquatic environment
Our Creosote Piling and Marine Debris Removal programs work to remove derelict creosote-treated piles and debris from sensitive aquatic environments.
Improve habitat for vital freshwater and marine animal and plant species
Our program completes beach and nearshore softening, estuary restoration, re-vegetation, side-channel reconnections, riparian restoration.
Address climate change
Consider how the lands will change over time and incorporate that in the work that we do to increase resiliency.
The Aquatic Lands Restoration Team has three programs in place to help reach the goals above:
Before photo of shoreline restoration in Hood CanalAfter photo of shoreline restoration in Hood Canal
                            Before and after photos of shoreline restoration on Hood Canal