PSEMP COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGy
The PSEMP Communications Strategy is intended to improve access to, and use of, credible information by decision makers in developing and carrying out Puget Sound recovery efforts. This communications strategy should be viewed as a resource to the PSEMP community to support both internal and external communications. The strategy contains short- and long-term actions for each identified communication group, useful template tools to aid the PSEMP community in developing customized strategies, and a roadmap tool to help with planning and prioritizing work. Templates, and the Guides to use them, are provided, along with the complete Strategy
2019 Recommendations for a Puget Sound Estuary Avian Monitoring Strategy
Until recently, groups that have monitored birds in the estuaries of Puget Sound river deltas have done so independently of one another, often using different survey designs, protocols, and objectives. This lack of consistency among studies has had the following consequences:
- Prevented the broader restoration and management community from evaluating the responses of bird populations to both local and large-scale environmental change
- Limited the ability of land owners and managers to assess the effectiveness of management actions
To explore how we might develop a more strategic, regional approach, the PSEMP Marine Birds Work Group convened a variety of groups associated with bird monitoring in coastal Washington, Puget Sound, and the greater Salish Sea. The goal was to learn what types of information are needed to support bird-related management and conservation decisions, and explore interest in developing a common framework for monitoring birds. Participants included representatives from state, federal, and tribal governments; non-government conservation organizations; and academia. Participants voiced strong support for a regional, coordinated approach that would provide access to credible data and accomplish the following goals:
- Enable understanding of and communication about the status of bird populations
- Enable understanding of the mechanisms driving trends in bird populations
- Inform analysis of different management actions
- Reduce human conflict related to tidal restoration
- Enable strategic investment in conservation outcomes for birds and other species
The need to cultivate greater social and political support for estuary restoration and bird conservation also emerged as a critical need for the long-term success of a coordinated regional monitoring strategy.
2018 SALISH SEA TOXICS MONITORING SYNTHESIS
A 2019 report from the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program presents an overview of selected recent monitoring and research activities focused on toxic contaminants in the Salish Sea.
2017 PUGET SOUND MARINE WATERS OVERVIEW
A new report finds that Puget Sound’s unusually warm water temperatures that prevailed throughout the West Coast since 2014 finally returned to normal in 2017. Although water temperatures recovered, life within those waters has not. In general, biological observations within Puget Sound revealed that the abundance of many marine animals throughout the food web are still lower than usual. In addition, the region experienced both the wettest spring and driest summer ever recorded in 2017.
The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s Marine Waters Work Group, who authored the report, has been tracking the health of Puget Sound since 2011. This work group includes scientists from federal, tribal, state and local agencies, academia, nonprofits, and private and volunteer groups.
The work group looked at a number of environmental indicators, including plankton, water quality, climate, and marine life that when, considered together, provide both a long-term view and current assessment of the Sound’s health.