Identifying actions for Puget Sound recovery

Actions describe the activities that are a shared focus for implementing strategies

For the purposes of the 2022-2026 Action Agenda update, an action describes the activities that will be a shared focus for implementing each strategy from 2022-2026. This could include restoration and acquisition; program development, improvement, or implementation; education; outreach; research; legislative or policy improvements; or other types of activities. Actions are intended to guide partner implementation and innovation and will inform the focus of public and private funding and implementation support by the boards and regional partners. The 2022-2026 Action Agenda update will not include a solicitation for or list of Near-Term Actions (NTA) like in past Action Agendas.

How will Action Agenda actions be identified?

The phase 4 process is designed to promote co-generation of Action Agenda actions that will implement strategies. Actions will be identified through public workshops and will utilize Implementation Strategies and other existing plans1 – as well as approved desired outcomes and approved strategies – as a starting point for discussion.

Public workshops will be held virtually in early November and early December. Participation in the workshops is highly encouraged and will provide an opportunity for partners from across the recovery come together to co-generate actions to advance Puget Sound recovery.

This webpage will continue to be updated with background materials in advance of each workshop. Following the public workshops, results will be synthesized into proposed actions for board review and adoption in early 2022.

1Local Integrating Organization (LIO) plans, tribal priorities, salmon recovery plans, and the Orca Task Force recommendations also provide important activities and policy recommendations for the Action Agenda and reveal areas of shared focus where actions will advance multiple aspects of recovery. These plans are all created through science-informed and collaborative processes that capture the expertise and most recent thinking of individuals from around the region. Through the process of reviewing and providing feedback on the initial draft list of actions via public workshops, partner and board meetings, recovery partners will have the opportunity to identify additional actions that are needed implement strategies.


Workshop Schedule

Each workshop will focus on several high-level draft actions and will feature an integrated discussion that covers a range of related approved Action Agenda strategies.

Workshop

Title

Topics included in the workshop

Associated Implementation Strategy

Mtg 1

Mtg 2

A

Smart growth and development

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to smart development, stormwater and legacy contamination, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as transparent and inclusive governance and human health.

Benthic Index Of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI)2
Land Development and Cover
Marine Water Quality
Toxics in Fish
Shellfish



2B-IBI is one of three indicators for the Freshwater Quality Vital Sign

Nov. 2

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop A presentation

Workshop A MURAL workspace

Nov. 30

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

B

Working lands

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to long-term viability and sustainability of agricultural lands and working forests to reduce conversion pressure, protecting and restoring floodplains and estuaries, cumulative water pollution and non-point source pollutants, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as cultural practices and natural resource industries.

Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI)
Chinook Salmon
Estuaries
Floodplains
Land Development and Cover
Marine Water Quality
Shellfish

Nov. 3

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop B presentation

Workshop B MURAL workspace

Dec. 1

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

C

Marine habitat protection and restoration

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to marine shorelines, submerged aquatic vegetation, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as responsible recreation and stewardship, cultural practices, and wellbeing derived from place attachments.

Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI)
Chinook Salmon
Eelgrass
Estuaries
Floodplains
Land Development and Cover
Marine Water Quality
Shoreline Armoring

Nov. 4

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop C presentation

Workshop C MURAL workspace

Dec. 2

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

D

Freshwater habitat protection and restoration

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to riparian areas, floodplains and estuaries, fish passage, freshwater availability, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as responsible recreation and stewardship, cultural practices, and wellbeing derived from place attachments.

Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI)
Chinook Salmon
Estuaries
Floodplains
Land Development and Cover
Marine Water Quality

Nov. 5

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop D presentation

Workshop D MURAL workspace

Dec. 3

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

E

Water quality

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to wastewater systems, toxic chemicals, cumulative water pollution, stormwater and legacy contamination, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as human health.

Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI)
Chinook Salmon
Marine Water Quality
Shellfish
Toxics in Fish

Nov. 9

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop E presentation

Workshop E MURAL workspace

Dec. 7

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

F

Food webs and human activities

Workshop will focus on identifying actions related to invasive species, oil spills, best practices by boaters, aquatic vegetation, addressing and preparing for climate change, and human wellbeing strategies such as responsible recreation and stewardship.

Chinook Salmon
Eelgrass
Estuaries
Shellfish
Orca Task Force recommendations

Nov. 10

Meeting 1 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

Workshop F presentation

Workshop F MURAL workspace

Dec. 8

Meeting 2 (workshops A-F) overview and detailed topic list.

How can you participate?

Members of the recovery community will have two main ways to participate in phase 4:

  1. Join a public workshop on action identification in November and early December by registering here.
  2. Join one of the Partnership's regularly scheduled board meetings and provide public comments (see the Puget Sound Partnership Board’s webpage for more information).
  3. Provide your feedback on workshop materials via email (workshop materials will be posted at the top of this page when available, and partners who are not able to attend a workshop but are interested in providing feedback may send feedback to action.agenda@psp.wa.gov with the phrase “Action Agenda Feedback” in the subject line).

How will the actions be used?

Actions are intended to guide partner implementation and innovation and will inform the focus of public and private funding and implementation support by the boards and regional partners.

Implementation Resources

Action Agenda Connection

Example

Collaborative problem solving

The Action Agenda is intended to be the shared plan for a diverse range of partners that must work together to solve many complex challenges. The Action Agenda must guide the work of our diverse partnership where we each have a unique and important role to play in resolving a challenge.

Protecting habitat and working lands in Puget Sound while accommodating population growth is a complex challenge. Success in this endeavor requires coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal governments, businesses, individual landowners, and non-profit organizations to guide development into preferred areas through a combination of market influences, financial and technical incentives, informed planning, compliance with strong and effective regulations, and education. The Action Agenda captures the unique recipe for action that can guide the work of all partners with a role to play in advancing recovery.

State budgeting and decision making

Action Agenda strategies and actions are used by state agencies to guide and support their existing programs as well as new budget requests.

Alignment with the Action Agenda is the basis for the Partnership’s legislative outreach and state agency budget ranking.

The Shore Friendly Program was officially adopted by the existing Estuary and Salmon Restoration grant program (WDFW), in line with the Action Agenda strategy to provide financial and technical assistance to shoreline property owners.

The Partnership’s budget rankings for 2021-2023 budget requests are here.

Local government budgeting and decision making

Action Agenda strategies and actions support the efforts of local governments to establish and expand important programs—and secure stable financing—to advance recovery.

The Clallam County Commissioners voted to approve a Conservation Futures Program, in line with Action Agenda strategies to fund conservation efforts and preserve farmland in Puget Sound.

Likewise, Clallam County has supported staffing and funding for the county’s onsite septic Operation and Maintenance Program, although additional resources are still needed.

National Estuary Program funding

The Action Agenda is the primary authority for funding decisions under the federal National Estuary Program.

The National Estuary Program provides financial support for adaptively managing the Action Agenda, as well as Implementation Strategies for achieving Vital Sign targets.

The Strategic Initiatives use the Action Agenda to guide their funding of new projects and initiatives using National Estuary Program funds. Past examples of funded projects include:

Other

Other partners such as businesses, federal agencies, and non-profits may use the Action Agenda to guide their work.

The Puget Sound Federal Task Force convenes to discuss how federal agencies can support Puget Sound recovery.

The Water 100 project brings together business, government, NGO and scientific communities to identify, assess, fund, and implement the 100 most substantive solutions for improving Puget Sound’s water.

For answers to questions If you have questions about the 2022-2026 Action Agenda update process or would like a briefing on phase 4, please contact Dan Stonington (dan.stonington@psp.wa.gov), Kaitlin Harris (kaitlin.harris@psp.wa.gov), Wren McNally (wren.mcnally@psp.wa.gov).

Last updated: 10/26/21

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