SEATTLE – Today the Puget Sound Partnership’s governing board unanimously adopted the 2012 update of the Action Agenda, the region’s blueprint for restoring the health of Puget Sound by 2020.
Three regional priorities are emphasized in the new Action Agenda:
- Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff. Polluted runoff from roads, roofs, parking lots and other paved areas is the biggest threat to Puget Sound’s water quality. Reducing this polluted runoff is a huge challenge as our region is projected to add 1.5 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by 2040.
- Protect and restore shorelines and salmon habitat. In spite of important progress in the last few years, some native salmon runs are still in danger of extinction. Restoring damaged shorelines and protecting salmon habitat along the many rivers and streams that flow into Puget Sound is necessary to save salmon and honor tribal treaty rights.
- Restore and re-open shellfish beds. Shellfish harvesting is a major Puget Sound industry, and a tribal treaty right. Both are threatened by pollution that has closed more than 7,000 acres of Puget Sound beaches.
Action Agenda Improvements since 2009
- Regional recovery targets have been adopted to guide action.
- Performance measures have been established to track progress and ensure accountability for results.
- Peer-reviewed, scientific information has been synthesized and applied through the Puget Sound Science Update, Puget Sound Science Review, and other scientific resources.
- Targets and indicators of ecosystem health have been established and incorporated into a web-based dashboard of “Vital Signs of a healthy Puget Sound” to transparently promote the status of the health of the Sound:http://www.psp.wa.gov/vitalsigns/index.php.
- Regional strategies and actions are aligned with recovery targets—incorporating progress, lessons learned and new information since 2009.
- Salmon recovery, climate change adaption, fish consumption and other cross-cutting issues are identified.
- Performance measures and actions have been assigned to owners responsible for implementation, including completion dates and performance milestones.