Riparian Grant Program: Review and Comment on Guidelines

Updated January 2, 2024: DEADLINE EXTENDED — Comments are due by Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
Washington State Conservation Commission: Deadline extended to January 17 for comments on Riparian Grant Program

Deadline for comments is January 2, 2024 by 5:00 PM Pacific!

You may have missed seeing this request from the Conservation Commission for comments on the proposed Riparian Grant Program guidelines. WACD encourages you to review and comment on the guidelines before the deadline.

It is possible the deadline may get extended but at the time of this writing, this is not yet known.

Riparian Grant Program: Review and Comment on Guidelines

How to Comment on Programmatic Guidelines and Draft Application and Reporting Questions

Comments are due by Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is seeking comments on the proposed Riparian Grant programmatic guidelines, as well as the draft application and reporting questions. Commissioners will be presented with these documents to consider for adoption at the business meeting on Jan. 18, 2024. If accepted, they will go into effect immediately.‍

How to Comment

  1. Please review the draft Riparian Grant Programmatic Guidelines.
  2. Draft application and reporting questions are also available for comment.
  3. Use this comment form to submit your comments.

To receive a copy of your comments, please check the box at the bottom of the form before submittal: “Send me a copy of my responses.” Please note: Any information (e.g. personal or contact) you provide may be publicly disclosed and posted on the Internet.‍

Program Summary

In the 2023 legislative session, revenues collected as a result of the Climate Commitment Act were appropriated to the State Conservation Commission (SCC). The full proviso language may be referenced here for further details.‍

The funds came with proviso language specifying how the funds were to be used:

(1) The appropriations in this section are provided solely for the state conservation commission to provide grants for riparian restoration projects with landowners.

(2)(a) Within funds appropriated in this section, the commission shall develop and implement the voluntary riparian grant program to fund protection and restoration of critical riparian management zones. The commission is responsible for developing the voluntary grant program criteria to achieve optimal restoration of functioning riparian ecosystems in priority critical riparian management zones.

Learn more about the development of the Riparian Grant Program here.

Your input helps inform our policies.

SCC greatly appreciates feedback. This will allow us to ensure the proposed program will be a success. Thank you for your participation in this very important process!

Please reach out if you have questions!

  • Shana Joy, District Operations Director / Southeast Regional Manager, , 360-480-2078
  • Alison Halpern, Scientific Policy Advisor / Acting Policy Director, , 360-280-5556