2016 action agenda UPDATE:
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE TRANSITION TEAMS
Three Strategic Initiative Transition Teams – Habitat, Shellfish, and Stormwater – were established in July 2015 to help develop the 2-year Implementation Plan, which is a component of the 2016-17 Puget Sound Action Agenda Update.
Each transition team will focus on one of the three strategic initiatives that serve to prioritize recovery efforts within the 2-year Implementation Plan of the Action Agenda:
- Habitat Team: Protect and restore habitat
- Shellfish Team: Protect and recover shellfish beds
- Stormwater Team: Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff
Issues that affect all three strategic initiatives, called cross-cutting issues, will be coordinated between the teams.
The teams are key to the development of the Action Agenda and have the following responsibilities:
- Identify regional recovery and protection priorities.
- Review the early elements of Local Integrating Organization (LIO) 5-year Ecosystem Recovery Plans.
- Develop criteria for the review of Near Term Actions.
- Solicit, review, and prioritize local and regional Near Term Actions.
- Help guide the development of the next three Implementation Strategies.
Team members are technical and policy experts recruited from across the Puget Sound region. They represent a range of local, regional, and tribal experience and perspectives. The teams are jointly coordinated by:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Puget Sound National Estuary Program
- Puget Sound Partnership
- Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Ecology
- Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission