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2016 action agenda UPDATE:
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE TRANSITION TEAMS

Three Strategic Initiative Transition Teams – Habitat, Shellfish, and Stormwater – were established in July 2015 to help develop the 2-year Implementation Plan, which is a component of the 2016-17 Puget Sound Action Agenda Update.

Each transition team will focus on one of the three strategic initiatives that serve to prioritize recovery efforts within the 2-year Implementation Plan of the Action Agenda:

  • Habitat Team: Protect and restore habitat
  • Shellfish Team: Protect and recover shellfish beds
  • Stormwater Team: Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff

Issues that affect all three strategic initiatives, called cross-cutting issues, will be coordinated between the teams.

The teams are key to the development of the Action Agenda and have the following responsibilities:

  • Identify regional recovery and protection priorities.
  • Review the early elements of Local Integrating Organization (LIO) 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plans.
  • Develop criteria for the review of Near Term Actions.
  • Solicit, review, and prioritize local and regional Near Term Actions.
  • Help guide the development of the next three Implementation Strategies.

Team members are technical and policy experts recruited from across the Puget Sound region. They represent a range of local, regional, and tribal experience and perspectives. The teams are jointly coordinated by:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Puget Sound National Estuary Program
  • Puget Sound Partnership
  • Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

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