Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) » About Us

How We Work

Operational Partnership

ESRP was created through partnerships and continues to foster strategic partnerships that enable us to meet our mission of nearshore ecosystem restoration more efficiently and effectively. From program and policy development, to project selection, to funding and program management, ESRP relies on the combined expertise of a multi-disciplinary support team from various agencies and organizations across Puget Sound. 

Through a 3-way interagency agreement, ESRP is jointly managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) , the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP).  By working together, ESRP is a highly efficient program that advances high quality, scientifically sound restoration and protection projects that are best aligned with salmon recovery and regional ecosystem restoration strategies developed by the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project and adopted by the Puget

Partnerships and Coordination
WDFW provides directly and program management through its Habitat Program and Ecosystem Restoration Team. The ESRP manager is housed at WDFW is responsible for program oversight and project selection via development of annual Investment Plans. Partnerships and Coordination
RCO provides fiscal oversight and contract administration for funded projects.
PSP provides leadership and supports ESRP by endorsing our Investment Plans, providing technical assistance in implementing projects and helping to secure funds for Puget Sound restoration and protection.

Approach to Restoration and Protection

Restoration and protection strategies can help us figure out where and how to strategically invest in restoration and protection– they can tell us where we have best opportunities and what types of actions make sense in different places.

Approach to Restoration and Protection

Degradation across the nearshore is highly variable from urban areas with significant degradation to more pristine areas.  While it may be difficult to restore natural processes in the most degraded landscapes, there are many things that can be done to enhance habitat in those areas.  In the more pristine areas of Puget Sound, protection efforts may be more appropriate. Between these two extremes in the degradation spectrum is where ESRP’s restoration target lies. Our aim is to reduce or eliminate the causes of degradation to natural processes and to move sites as close as possible to natural, self-sustaining conditions. The majority of our work is focused on restoration of physiographic processes in minor to moderately degraded sites where there is the greatest potential for cost effective restoration of natural processes which can return a site to a self-sustaining state.

Project Selection and Development of Investment Plans

ESRP manages its grant program by developing annual or biennial Investment Plans. These Investment Plans include a ranked list of projects, funding recommendations, any special considerations identified during the technical review process, as well as recommendations on learning opportunities presented through the project list.  With limited staff capacity, ESRP relies on additional technical expertise from a diverse assemblage of agencies and organizations across Puget Sound including NOAA’s Restoration Center and members of PSNERP’s Steering Committee, Nearshore Science Team and Implementation Team.

Spending Plan Development and Approval
Spending Plan Development and Approval

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