Identifying priority outcomes for Puget Sound recovery

Priority outcomes describe what we as the recovery community intend to accomplish. Priority outcomes will guide the identification of strategies and actions that are necessary to make progress toward Puget Sound recovery goals and Vital Signs.

Priority outcomes are positive changes we want to see in Puget Sound

Priority outcomes may be related to reductions in pressures on the ecosystem (example: fewer miles of shoreline armoring) or improvements in enabling conditions (example: more funding). By successfully achieving the priority outcomes determined in the Action Agenda, the recovery community will accelerate and achieve transformative change for Puget Sound recovery.

We will use the priority outcomes as the basis for identifying (1) strategies and actions for the 2022-2026 Action Agenda and (2) an initial set of progress measures to track, report on, and ensure accountability for ecosystem recovery.

What are the steps in the process?

Aug-Sept 2020

Identify a set of shared values that describe our collective ideals about what is good and desirable for recovery.

Aug-Sept 2020

Develop an outcome catalog from existing recovery plans, drawing on the hundreds of recovery outcomes articulated by the recovery community.

Sept-Oct 2020

Organize outcomes by the ecosystem pressures they would address.

Oct-Dec 2020

Identify priority outcomes, review alternatives, and fine tune the results.

How can you participate? Broad participation by our partner groups is key to developing priority outcomes. Partners can participate in the following ways:

  • Attend regularly scheduled partner meetings (boards, Local Integrating Organizations, and others).
  • Register to attend a workshop to discuss desired recovery outcomes.
  • Follow-up materials from the first workshop in early October that will help you prepare for the upcoming workshop are linked below:

How can groups best prepare to engage? Consider whether the outcomes for Puget Sound recovery you are working toward are clear and which are most important to you and your work. If you are an LIO coordinator, watershed lead, or Implementation Strategy lead consider whether your technical teams and committees are in agreement about your outcomes and which are most important.

For more information on the process and opportunities to participate click here.

If you have questions or would like a briefing please contact Beihua Page (, Don Gourlie (, or Kristen Durance (