An estimated $700 million in Puget Sound recovery investments are included in Governor Inslee’s proposal for the 2015-2017 state operating and capital budgets. Highlights include:

  • $40 million for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board
  • $50 million for the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) fund
  • $1 million for developing stronger data to support select Vital Signs and fund an evaluation of effectiveness position
  • $600,000 to update watershed level Chinook recovery plans

In addition to addressing education requirements and restoring some funding for health and human services impacted during the recession, the budget proposes key investments to protect and preserve the environment including an emphasis on preventing and responding to oil spills, correcting culverts as part of transportation projects, and ramping up efforts to prevent toxics from entering the ecosystem.

“Under this budget, our children will be smarter and healthier, our air will be cleaner, and our tax system will be fairer.” Governor Inslee

For more information on the Governor’s budget priorities, visit

Partnership News and Events

Biennial Science Work Plan For 2014-2016:
An Assessment Of Priority Science For Restoring And Protecting Puget Sound, With Research Priority Recommendations For The Next Biennium

Puget Sound Partnership Response to Operating Budget Watershed Proviso

In the 2014 state legislative session, the Legislature directed the Partnership to review the roles of local watershed and salmon recovery groups and provide recommendations to streamline and strengthen Puget Sound recovery efforts. The Partnership contracted with Ross Strategic to conduct third-party interviews. The resulting recommendations were delivered to the Legislature Dec. 1.

Leadership Council will meet Jan. 29 in Olympia

Inslee appoints Sue Taoka to Leadership Council

Puget Sound Recovery Caucus White Paper
Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck have released a new white paper describing the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus’ coordinated action at the federal level and how best to collaborate with stakeholders on efforts to improve the health of Puget Sound.

Voluntary Incentive Program Dialogue
Technical Memo - Effectiveness of VIPs and Next Steps

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