Ongoing closures of shellfish growing areas in Puget Sound and along the Pacific coast indicate continuing problems in water quality. With concerns over the impacts of ocean acidification on shellfish, all natural resource issues impacting shellfish need to be addressed to support the resiliency of shellfish production.
Shellfish Program Overview
This legislative appropriation is provided to the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) to fund conservation district projects that improve water quality in shellfish harvest areas. This is capital funding, which lasts for the entire biennium, with the sole purpose of putting projects on the ground. View the full program guidelines (for conservation districts).
How it Works
Each of the 45 conservation districts around the state enter projects into the SCC Conservation Data Practice System (CDPS) and rank their projects in order of importance. The SCC is taking “results-focused” approach to administering program funds – conservation districts submit proposals to fund clusters of projects located within the same watershed, river system, or sub-basin where there’s an identified resource concern. When funding is allocated to the Commission, our staff pulls funding reports out of the CPDS database to decide project allocations.
See examples of our targeted implementation of shellfish funding.
Contact Karla Heinitz, 360.407.6212