2016 action agenda UPDATE

NEW! Online Action Agenda Open House extended to Dec. 207.

As part of the current Action Agenda update process, you can attend our online open house to find out more, learn how you can get involved, and give us your feedback. The open house begins Monday, Dec. 7, and will be available online through Dec. 20th, by clicking on this link.

9/21/15 Near Term Action Proposals

Are you interested in proposing an activity to be included in the Puget Sound Action Agenda? Proposals are due 10 a.m., December 31, 2015. Find out more.

What is in the Action Agenda?

Several years of research and effort have shown three areas of focus that deliver the most progress toward recovery for dollars invested. Termed “Strategic Initiatives” these three priority areas form the basis of the Action Agenda for 2016.

The Action Agenda addresses each Strategic Initiative by setting targets for recovery that are based on scientific understandings of the ecosystem. The recovery targets are used to guide revisions to the Action Agenda, focus actions to be accomplished right away (Near Term Actions), recommend allocations of funding and other resources to specific strategies and actions, and evaluate Action Agenda implementation.

The recovery targets are aimed at achieving recovery by the year 2020, although thorough research and careful monitoring of Puget Sound conditions show that the realistic timeframe for recovery should be greatly extended beyond 2020.

How do actions get included in the Action Agenda?

Two types of actions are included in the Action Agenda: Near Term Actions, which can be begun or completed in 2 years; and longer term actions. Local Integrating Organizations, regional organizations and groups, and state agencies may sponsor Near Term Actions (NTAs) and propose them for inclusion in the Action Agenda. If the proposed actions align with one of the three Strategic Initiatives, they may be considered for ranking in the Action Agenda. Once an action becomes designated as an NTA, it becomes eligible for state and federal funding.

What is the process for updating the Action Agenda?

The process for updating Near Term Actions for the 2016 Action Agenda began in spring 2015 with the formation of three Strategic Initiative Update Workgroups. Each workgroup reviewed and discussed the scope for addressing the issues associated with their assigned Strategic Initiative. In June 2015, the workgroups summarized their findings in a white paper submitted to the Science Panel for consideration and to partners and the public for a 30-day comment period. After the Leadership Council reviews and approves the scope for the Strategic Initiatives, the process of selecting Near Term Actions for the 2016 Action Agenda can begin. The figure below shows the process for developing the 2016 Action Agenda.

  • Local Integrating Organizations work within their communities to develop local plans of action for recovering Puget Sound, preferably aligning with the Action Agenda.
  • Partners propose Near Term Actions associated with the Strategic Initiatives.
  • Interdisciplinary teams of experts evaluate and rank the Near Term Actions based in part on the importance of the NTAs in addressing the Strategic Initiatives and for Sound-wide recovery Sound-wide.
  • The Science Panel and Ecosystem Coordination Board review and rank Near Term Actions.
  • The Leadership Council approves the Near Term Actions with adoption of the entire 2016 Action Agenda.
  • The Leadership Council submits the 2016 Action Agenda to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for approval as the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Puget Sound under the National Estuary Program.

How do we know whether the Action Agenda is effective?