Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP)

From Salish Sea Wiki

The Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) is a protection and restoration funding opportunity that was developed in response to the analysis of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project. The program is focused on process-based restoration on shorelines. Biennial appropriations are made in the Washington State Capital Budget to the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife providing administration and oversight. Contracts are run through RCO and documented on the PRISM database, which is the best way to review funding actions.


  • NOAA Restoration Center provided technical assistance to WDFW start the program through a joint project agreement between 2007 and 2012
  • There are currently four programs supported through ESRP Appropriations
    • Restoration and Protection Grants: This grant program focuses on protecting and restoring the natural processes that create and sustain the near-shore ecosystem. The intent is to regain some of the natural services that have been lost as a result of more than a century of human development in the region.
    • Small Grants: This grant program has similar goals as the Restoration and Protection program with a focus on local engagement. Projects are eligible to receive awards between $30,000 and $150,000. At least $500,000 is available each biennium for the program.
    • Regional Pre-Design: This grant program, also known as the Learning Program, was developed to direct future investments by investigating outcomes at a regional or ecosystem scale and informing construction siting and design. The projects help us understand how we can improve the effectiveness of habitat restoration in Puget Sound. Funding for these projects is 10 percent of the total ESRP award.
    • Shore Friendly: New to the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program in 2019, this grant program funds local programs that provide stewardship incentives to landowners to create healthy shorelines. More information is on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Shore Friendly Web page.

River Delta Efforts Supported

ESRP involvement is flagged using an "ESRP" category, and the program has been involved in the following efforts and places:

River Deltas:



Ecosystem Sits and Places