Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) » About Us

Who We Are

The Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) is a program of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife which provides funding and technical assistance for nearshore restoration and protection efforts in Puget Sound.  Developed as a tactical element of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP), ESRP was design to move from opportunistic project funding towards strategic ecosystem restoration. Because ESRP is directly linked to a regional science-driven conservation approach, our investments are strategic and maximize benefits to Puget Sound’s shorelines, bays and river deltas.

The ESRP program deviates from customary grant-making in several key respects:

We provide phased funding to incrementally support complex projects. ESRP supports all project phases  by incrementally investing public funds based on readiness to complete discrete project phases over a 2-3 year timeframe.

We support exemplary projects to completion. Once a project has completed feasibility, and ranks well through a regional competition to receive ESRP funding and shows good progress, the sponsor may apply for supplemental funding through a streamlined process.

We invest in project-based learning through enhancements. ESRP enhancement funding is an approach to working with project partners and the scientific community to resolve technical uncertainty about certain types of projects or project actions. We support targeted efforts to collect and analyze data that can be used by our program and the larger restoration community to make more informed decisions, increase efficiency of restoration and reduce risks.

We build on lessons learned to support adaptive management. Learning opportunities are best realized when sponsors document objectives, assumptions, and treatments. Using a sequence of standard project deliverables, ESRP develops a consistent record of project work that allows for strong analysis of restoration benefits and promotes exchange of information within the restoration community.

Program Staff

ESRP has a small dedicated staff and also relies on agency partnerships for support.

ESRP Staff:
Jay Krienitz,  ESRP Program ManagerJay Krienitz,
Program Manager
Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife

360 902-2572

  Kay Caromile, ESRP StaffKay Caromile,
ESRP and SRFB Project Manager
Recreation and Conservation Office

360 902-2969

Technical Support:

Jenna Jewett, Technical SupportJenna Jewett
PSNERP and ESRP: Environmental Planning, Communications, and Technical Assistance
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


  Tish Conway-Cranos
Nearshore Science Manager
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlfe
Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP)
Recreation and Conservation Office

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Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Mailing Address:
Natural Resources Building
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501
Jay Krienitz, ESRP Manager
Phone: 360.902.2572