Department of Environmental Protection

Mission Statement: The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection protects the health and welfare of the Tribe, the Community, and the natural environment by managing, preserving, conserving, restoring, and enhancing the Reservation environment and Tribal resources through scientific research, analysis, policy development, regulation, and community outreach to support and protect Swinomish cultural values and practices.


The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was established in the end of 2013. The DEP is comprised of the environmental functions split off from the Planning Department including the Water Resources Program and the Environmental Compliance & Management Team that developed and matured in Planning. The new DEP will continue our close collaboration with and be located in the Planning Office building with the Planning Department and new Land Management Department.

The Department of Environmental Protection functions include three major categories and associated projects:

Funding for environmental research, monitoring, policy, and management projects over the years has come from a variety of sources including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Swinomish Tribe, and environmental permitting fees.

Staff & Titles:

Please check back for updates to our website as we revise our new Department's Strategic Plan and website pages.



Phone (360) 466.7280
Fax (360) 466.1615

Mon-Wed, 8-6 PM
Thurs, 8-5:30 PM


Department of
Environmental Protection

11430 Moorage Way
LaConner, WA 98257