2016 action agenda UPDATE:
The Puget Sound Partnership and the EPA are working with local communities to ensure funding is targeted at the highest-priority actions designed to support the long-term health of local watersheds and Puget Sound. Over the next year and a half, the EPA is funding development of 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plans and associated 2-year Implementation Plans for each of the region’s local collaborative groups, or Local Integrating Organizations (LIO). Proposals for Near Term Actions (NTAs) developed as part of this planning effort will tie the local plans to the Puget Sound Action Agenda—the regional shared recovery plan.
The timeline for producing the 5-year plans and the NTA proposals that make up the 2-year Implementation Plans runs from June 2015 to September 2016:
- June to September 2015: LIOs begin developing local 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plans, selecting at least four to six Puget Sound Vital Signs on which to focus.
September deliverable: First elements of the 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plan
- September to December 2015: LIOs develop descriptions of proposed Near Term Actions and how the actions will be completed.
December deliverables: 2-Year Implementation Plan and draft NTAs.
- January to February 2016: Regional Strategic Initiative Teams evaluate the proposed NTAs and work with the LIOs to revise the NTAs, if needed.
February deliverable: Final NTAs.
- March to September 2016. LIOs complete the comprehensive 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plans. September deliverable: Final 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plan.
- LIOs will use these templates and guidance documents to develop plans and NTAs.