DRAFT Solicitation for Near Term Actions for the 2018-2022 ACTION AGENDA Implementation Plan


The Puget Sound Partnership is accepting public comments on the draft Solicitation for Near Term Actions (NTAs) for the 2018-2022 Action Agenda Implementation Plan. The comment period has now been extended to August 4th.

Access the Draft Solicitation for Near Term Actions for the 2018-2022 Implementation Plan (UPDATED July 12, 2017)
Revised on July 12, 2017 with a limited change regarding NTA eligibility.

Access the Draft Solicitation for Near Term Actions for the 2018-2022 Implementation Plan APPENDIX A: REGIONAL PRIORITIES (UPDATED July 12, 2017)
The update adds Regional Priorities for the Chinook Vital Sign.

How can I provide comments?

File your comments by using this online form.

If you are unable to use the online form to submit comments, you may send them by email to AAcomment@psp.wa.gov or by standard mail to the Partnership at the following address:

Puget Sound Partnership

ATTN: Jennifer Pouliotte, Environmental Planner
326 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

Comments can also be provided in person at one of the Partnership’s Council and Board meetings. Details about all Leadership Council and Board meetings can be found on the Puget Sound Partnership’s webpage.

Please submit comments by only one method.

What is the purpose of the solicitation?

The purpose of this solicitation is to facilitate the development and review of NTAs for the 2018-2022 Implementation Plan component of the Action Agenda. Criteria that support regional priorities for advancing Puget Sound ecosystem recovery will be used to evaluate the proposed NTAs. Regional priorities are outlined in the Draft Solicitation and represent the priorities for change that the Management Conference will advocate to achieve through efforts to expand funding, increase alignment among funding sources, and address the barriers to implementing NTAs.

The Draft Solicitation contains the following:

  • Regional priorities for ecosystem recovery for the next 4-year phase of the Action Agenda
  • Eligibility requirements and submittal requirements and organizations proposing NTAs
  • Evaluation criteria for including NTAs in the 2018-2022 Action Agenda Implementation Plan
  • Deadlines for submitting NTA proposals and the process for reviewing them.

We are inviting comments on all components of the Draft Solicitation.

What are regional priorities?

The Draft Solicitation includes a summary of the regional priorities that provide focus for the actions that address the most significant problems and create meaningful improvements for Puget Sound. Prioritizing recovery efforts for the 2018-2022 Action Agenda Implementation Plan began by identifying the Area of Focus Vital Signs for the solicitation of NTAs. The Area of Focus Vital Signs for this solicitation encompass the following Vital Signs for which we most want to accelerate recovery over the next 4 years.

  • Chinook (and other salmon)
  • Estuaries (and pocket estuaries)
  • Floodplains
  • Freshwater Quality
  • Land Development & Cover
  • Marine Water Quality
  • Shellfish Beds
  • Shoreline Armoring
  • Summer Stream Flows
  • Toxics in Fish

Regional priorities describe the specific approaches, interim outcomes, and action ideas that are a priority for advancing the recovery of the Area of Focus Vital Signs over the next 4 years. During the public comment period, Local Integrating Organizations (LIOs) will also add local context to the regional priorities, in order to customize how actions will be implemented in each local area.

What is a Near Term Action?

A Near Term Action is an activity that is trackable, measureable, and necessary for Puget Sound recovery. Near Term Actions comprise the core of the Action Agenda. They can be proposed by government agencies and tribes, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations, as well as by businesses and individuals. Proposed NTAs may include new programs, specific projects, scientific investigations, or other types of actions described in this solicitation.

How are comments used?

Comments collected during the public comment period will be summarized and considered in the development of the final Solicitation for Near Term Actions.