Solicitation for Near Term Actions for the 2018-2022 ACTION AGENDA
The solicitation for Near Terms Actions (NTAs) for the 2018–2022 Action Agenda is now closed. Thank you to all who developed and submitted an NTA proposal. Review of the NTAs begins April 2, 2018, and ends July 13, 2018. The Partnership will post an electronic version of the procedural record to our website by August 1, 2018. The record will include a list of all NTAs submitted, links to the final NTA Fact Sheets, and documentation of the NTA reviews.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SOLICITATION?
The purpose of this solicitation is to facilitate the development and review of NTAs for the 2018-2022 Action Agenda. Criteria that support Regional Priorities for advancing Puget Sound ecosystem recovery will be used to evaluate the proposed NTAs.
The solicitation contains the following:
- Regional Priorities and Regional Priority approaches for ecosystem recovery over the next 4-year phase of the Action Agenda
- Eligibility requirements and submittal requirements for organizations proposing NTAs
- Evaluation criteria for including NTAs in the 2018-2022 Action Agenda
- Deadlines for submitting NTA proposals and the process for reviewing them
WHAT ARE REGIONAL PRIORITIES?
The NTA solicitation includes a summary of the Regional Priorities that provide focus for the actions that address the most significant problems and create meaningful improvements for Puget Sound. Prioritizing recovery efforts for the 2018-2022 Action Agenda began by identifying the Area of Focus Vital Signs for the solicitation of NTAs.
The 2018-2022 Area of Focus Vital Signs encompass the following:
- Chinook (and other salmon)
- Estuaries (and pocket estuaries)
- Freshwater Quality
- Land Development & Cover
- Marine Water Quality
- Shellfish Beds
- Shoreline Armoring
- Summer Stream Flows
- Toxics in Fish
“Regional Priorities” is the term used to describe the specific approaches, interim outcomes, and action ideas that are a priority for the recovery of the Area of Focus Vital Signs over the next 4 years. “Regional Priority approaches” provide a description of how the Regional Priority should be addressed. LIOs have added local context to the Regional Priority approaches, as appropriate, in order to customize how they will be implemented in each LIO geography. “Local context” is the term used to describe additional specificity and guidance provided to potential NTA proponents for how a Regional Priority is expected to be proposed for and implemented in a given LIO area.
WHAT IS A NEAR TERM ACTION?
Many types of discrete, measurable actions can be considered as NTAs. The term “action” is broadly defined to include capital or non-capital projects, initiatives, or programs. NTAs can also be large or small in scale and can be a portion (or phase) of a larger, longer-term effort. For this update, the following three categories of actions are considered to be NTAs:
- New actions that achieve new recovery outcomes. These are discrete, short-term actions such as pilots, studies and investigations, or protection and/or restoration projects. These could also be new one-time investments aimed at launching a new ongoing program.
- Expansions or enhancements of existing programs to achieve greater recovery outcomes. These are discrete actions aimed at expanding the scope or scale of an existing program (not maintenance of current level of scope or scale). Examples include:
- Expanding the geographic scope of an existing action (such as project to purchase additional equipment to expand the use of existing best management practices to additional watershed basins).
- Expanding the level of effort or capacity of an existing action (such as project to acquire additional classroom space to double the number of trainings per year).
- Enhancing the effectiveness of procedures, equipment, or personnel (such as project to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of an existing regulatory/enforcement program).
- Continuation of an ongoing action that currently lacks secure ongoing funding to maintain baseline operations (such as project to acquire funding for a critical program that is operating on year-to-year grant funding).