Investing in habitat restoration and protection to bring back Puget Sound's natural systems-for salmon, people and community.

The Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) program was created in 2007 to help implement the most important habitat protection and restoration projects for Puget Sound. Funding is appropriated every two years by the Washington State Legislature and allocated through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The program has two parts, with $30 million provided as base funding for locally significant projects (regular round) and remaining funds allocated to projects that are ranked as regionally significant (large capital round).


  • $254 million invested in Puget Sound recovery
  • Projects implemented: 620
  • River shoreline restored: 6,449 acres
  • Estuary habitat restored: 3,260 acres
  • Watershed habitat protected: 12,837 acres
  • Fish passage restored: 142 river miles
  • Vegetation planted: 3,096 acres
  • Habitat area connected: 5,417 acres
  • Jobs produced: 3,413

Before and after photos of the Middle Fork Nooksack Diversion Dam Removal, a project supported with PSAR Large Capital funds from the 2019-21 biennium.

For more information contact: Alison Agness, PSAR Program Manager   360-968-9673 |

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