The Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystem Coordination Board will meet Thursday, Sept.19, from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Commissioners Chamber Room at the Kitsap County Administrators Office, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.
The Ecosystem Coordination Board is the policy advisory body of the Puget Sound Partnership. Meeting topics primarily focus on the Partnership’s three Strategic Initiatives:
“Prevention of pollution from urban stormwater runoff – This is an immense challenge, and although we have many tools and technologies for stormwater, we need to make much fuller use of them if we are to stop contamination from flowing into the Sound”
“Protection and restoration of habitat – we must stop destroying habitat, protect what we have left and substantially restore the critical habitats that we have lost;”
“Recovery of shellfish beds – Shellfish harvesting is both a treaty right for tribes and a vital industry in our region, It is also a treasured tradition for countless northwest families. Shellfish health begins on land, through reduction of pollution from rural and agricultural lands and maintenance and repair of failing septic tanks.”
The ECB will be asked to provide input on the:
Science Panel’s Pressure Assessment Project
Inclusion of Canadian representation in the Management Conference
Planning for the 2013-14 state legislative session
2013 State of the Sound report
Action Agenda planning
C 2.1 Manage Urban Runoff at the basin and watershed level
Watershed Based Stormwater Management. To ensure all funds (existing and new) are used efficiently and effectively, Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) will wok with the ECB to commission an evaluation of the feasibility, cost, and effectiveness of transitioning the existing municipal stormwater jurisdiction by jurisdiction permit approach using “general permits.” To watershed-based municipal stormwater management. PSP will work with interested parties, particularly Ecology and local governments, to ensure their perspectives and concerns are addressed and accounted for when developing the scope of work for their evaluation.
C2.2 Prevent problems from new development at the site and subdivision scale
NPDES Municipal Permits. Ecology will issue municipal permits for western Washington and provide financial assistance to permittees for implementation, particularly code changes, stormwater system mapping, operations and maintenance, inspections and enforcement. This will require additional resources to Ecology for permit oversight, technical assistance, and enforcement. Ecology will provide incentives to NPDES permittees who, by interlocal agreement, lead or carry out regional or watershed scale NPDES implementations.
The Puget Sound Partnership is the organization leading the recovery of Puget Sound. The Partnership coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, businesses and nonprofits to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan and ensure accountability for results. For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.