February 12, 2020

Survey: Seeking input on monitoring needs and priorities for the 2020-2024 Science Work Plan

The PSEMP Steering Committee asks for your help in articulating monitoring-related priorities for inclusion in the 2020 – 2024 Puget Sound Science Work Plan (SWP), currently being developed by the Puget Sound Science Panel.

The SWP will be an integral part of Puget Sound recovery, articulating priority science recommendations for restoring and protecting Puget Sound over the next four years. The Science Panel is collecting input for the SWP from a broad range of sources and has invited PSEMP to provide input on specific monitoring recommendations and program improvements to build upon existing work and fill gaps in existing knowledge.

The purpose of this survey is to broadly vet within the PSEMP community the proposed themes and categories, as well as specific monitoring needs and priorities developed by a PSEMP Steering Committee Subgroup.

This survey asks you for your feedback on the draft criteria, categories of recommendations, and priority recommendations identified so far – and equally importantly, to share any elements that have been overlooked.

Please respond to this survey by February 21, 2020.

Full link to the survey:

September 23, 2019

Puget Sound Spatial Data Coordination Workshop

October 31, 2019, 9:30am-4:00pm, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Join your fellow spatial data producers and users to explore ways of optimizing our data and tools for recovery questions and decisions in our region!

Please RSVP here and indicate if you will attend this workshop or are interested and would like to receive information and follow-up materials. We appreciate RSVPs to attend the workshop by 10/21 to inform planning.

This workshop intends to build relationships, increase awareness, and develop solutions around spatial data designed inform protection and restoration of Puget Sound. Desired workshop outcomes include:

  • Craft the design of a regional spatial data work group that will work to optimize use of spatial data through increasing communication, collaboration, training, funding and other means.
  • Identify key elements of support needed and possible roles of existing coordinating bodies (e.g., PSEMP) in supporting successful spatial data coordination and collaboration.
  • Build and solidify relationships among data users, producers, and intermediaries who can move spatial data coordination and collaboration forward.
  • Explore creation of an inventory of spatial databases and a data user communication forum.
  • Identify next steps to advance work on the spatial data topics of breakout sessions on:
    • Stormwater
    • Freshwater riparian
    • Land use and land cover
    • Physical barriers to freshwater systems: levees
    • Other topics identified during workshop

Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link here

This workshop is free to attend, and is in person only, please plan to join us for the entire workshop. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There will not be a remote/call-in option.

This workshop was planned by a collaborative multi-organization team, with funding from the Puget Sound Partnership and Suquamish Tribe. Facilitation support was provided by Cascadia Consulting Group. For more information, or questions, please contact Jenna Judge at

Planning Team:

  • Jen Burke, PSP
  • Lisa Chang, EPA
  • Libby Gier, DNR
  • Andy James, Puget Sound Institute
  • Bruce Jones, NWIFC
  • Jenna Judge, PSP
  • Randy Lumper, NWIFC
  • Phillip Murphy, InfoHarvest, Inc.
  • Ken Pierce, WDFW
  • Paul Williams, Suquamish Tribe
  • Cascadia Consultants: P.J. Tillman, Emily Wright

September 13, 2019

PSEMP Steering Committee Election Results

At the September 10 PSEMP Steering Committee meeting, the committee unanimously supported the election of the following members to fill leadership positions for a 2-year term:

  • Chair: Lisa Chang, EPA
  • Vice Chair: Kate Litle, WA Sea Grant
  • Executive Committee*:
    • Jennifer Griffiths, WDFW
    • Marguerite Pappaioanou, UW School of Public Health
    • David Price, NOAA

The SC and Partnership staff thanked Jerry Joyce for serving as Chair for the past 2 years, through a time of much transition and growth for PSEMP, and he will remain on the SC as a regular member through December 2019.

The agenda and meeting materials (meeting summary will be added next week), can be found in the meeting folder. The PSEMP Calendar has information about all recent and upcoming Steering Committee and PSEMP Work Group meetings.

*The Executive Committee is a newly formed committee for PSEMP and also includes the Chair and Vice Chair. More information about this committee can be found in the bylaws, linked on the Steering Committee page of the PSEMP website.

New Partnership position hired

The Puget Sound Partnership is thrilled to welcome Chrys Bertolotto as the Monitoring Network Coordinator, forming a Monitoring Team of two (along with myself as the Monitoring Lead) within the Partnership Science and Evaluation team. Chrys brings decades of experience working in the world of Puget Sound recovery, with many partners across many disciplines, most recently working for WSU Snohomish County Extension. The skills and experience Chrys brings will be key assets as we continue to implement the PSEMP Strategic Plan and build stronger relationships with our ecosystem recovery partners.

Vital Sign Indicator Revision Project

Thank you for your engagement in the discussion of revisions to the Puget Sound Vital Signs and indicators. We hope many of you will be able to attend the workshop in Kingston on October 10 to start working on the revisions. RSVP for the workshop here. If you’d like to help with the revisions but can’t attend the workshop, you can sign up for post-workshop small groups here, there will be one per Vital Sign. We have had some questions since the discussion yesterday, to clarify, the revision effort is focused on Vital Signs and indicators related to water quality, water quantity, habitat, and species and food webs (the so called "biophysical side" of Vital Signs and indicators). More information about the project is at this link.

Help us recruit a Monitoring Network Coordinator!

June 12, 2019

The Puget Sound Partnership is recruiting a Monitoring Network Coordinator to work closely with ecosystem monitoring partners (PSEMP) to bring forward the best available information in a way that spans boundaries between science, recovery planning, natural resource management, and policy.

Please help us spread the word and encourage qualified candidates to apply! 
The job posting closes on July 7, 2019.

Work Group Leads, please send to your work group email lists! 


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New Steering Committee Members, new website, new job openings at the Partnership, and more!

May 22, 2019

We are thrilled to welcome the following new members and alternates to the PSEMP SC!

  • *Helen Berry, alternate for DNR
  • Kevin Buckley, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Anita Fichthorn, Northwest Seaport Alliance
  • *Cinde Donoghue, DNR (in place of Pete Dowty)
  • Jennifer Griffiths, WDFW (in place of Jim West)
  • Marguerite Pappaioanou, UW School of Public Health
  • Tony Paulson, City of University Place
  • David Price, NOAA
  • *Heather Saunders, alternate for Puget Sound Partnership
  • David Troutt, Nisqually Tribe
  • Carla Vincent, alternate for Pierce County
  • Todd Woodard, Samish Indian Nation

The Steering Committee meeting on May 14 was well attended by new and established members alike, you can read the meeting summary here, which includes updates from work groups and partners, and a presentation from the Toxics Work Group. Be sure to check out the toxics monitoring synthesis!

Find more information on PSEMP, the Steering Committee, and Work Groups on the 
We have migrated everything off the old website and will be retiring it soon. Some parts of the new site are a work in progress, so we appreciate your patience and your feedback as we work to improve visibility and accessibility of PSEMP activities and products.


PSEMP Steering Committee Call for New Members

February 25, 2019

Please see this call for applicants for the PSEMP Steering Committee!The PSEMP SC is seeking new members to increase representation across sectors, geographies, and expertise, to help PSEMP in fulfilling its mission and advancing its objectives to support collaboration, adaptive management, and communication in the context of Puget Sound recovery. The call for applicants includes important background information on PSEMP, the role of the Steering Committee, and what we value in Steering Committee members. Please apply if interested and help us spread the word and encourage potential applicants to submit a letter of interest (see instructions here) by March 31, 2019.


PSEMP Strategic Plan Approved!

November 1, 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in discussions, helped review, and otherwise contributed to the 2018-2022 PSEMP Strategic Plan. The document was approved by the PSEMP Steering Committee on October 19, 2018, for final adoption at their November 13, 2018 meeting. The Puget Sound Partnership Executive Director also approves the plan and will support its implementation.

Help spread the word and share with your networks. Work Group Leads, please circulate this announcement to your work group lists!

Next Steps to Put the Plan in Motion

The strategic plan outlines some next steps for PSEMP, including those that we can start pursuing now, and those that rely on additional funding and capacity to pursue.

  • The process to develop 2019 work plans for the Steering Committee and work groups will begin at the Nov 13 Steering Committee meeting. We will discuss and start to prioritize goals for the monitoring network in 2019, and outline work plan guidance that will be further refined by the Work Group Leads. Work plans will be informed by needs communicated by participating organizations and coordinated with the Science Panel's 2019 Science Work Plan.
  • The Partnership submitted a funding request to the Governor and Legislature, for the 2019-2021 biennium, to put this plan in motion, and meet a growing need for timely, relevant, and credible information that directly links scientific findings to management decisions.

We are looking forward to working together to put this plan in motion, feel free to contact Jenna Judge with any questions.