WHAT ARE THE FOUNDATIONAL COMPONENTS OF THE action Agenda?
The Action Agenda is comprised of two components: the Comprehensive Plan and the Implementation Plan.
- The Comprehensive Plan (PDF) charts the course for long-term Puget Sound recovery by outlining overarching strategies for successful protection and restoration, identifying the full scope of actions and funding necessary for recovery, and introducing the approaches by which issues and activities are prioritized, progress is evaluated, and strategies and actions are adapted over time.
- The Implementation Plan (PDF)is the action component of the Action Agenda for the next two years. Based on the fundamental framework and broad strategies described in the Comprehensive Plan, the Implementation Plan defines the suite of Near Term Actions and ongoing programs that are needed in order to make progress toward achieving the 2020 recovery targets for Puget Sound Vital Signs.
Readers can also access supporting materials that provide additional information, references, Local Integrating Organization long‐term recovery plans, two‐year implementation plans, summaries of previous and ongoing planning efforts, and other related topics on the Action Agenda website.
The Implementation Plan is organized as follows.
- Chapter 1 (PDF), includes three ranked lists of Near Term Actions for the Strategic Initiatives. A sortable list of the Near Term Actions is available in the Action Agenda Report Card. The remaining chapters then explain how the Near Term Actions were generated and how the information can be used.
- Chapter 2 (PDF), Development, Use, and Measurement of the Implementation Plan, describes how the Implementation Plan was developed, how it will be used, and how success will be measured. Additional information that explains the process used to develop the Implementation Plan is available online in the Process Summary.
- Chapter 3 (PDF), Stormwater Strategic Initiative: Prevent Pollution from Urban Stormwater Runoff; Chapter 4 (PDF), Habitat Strategic Initiative: Protect and Restore Habitat; and Chapter 5 (PDF), Shellfish Strategic Initiative: Protect and Recover Shellfish Beds, present the Strategic Initiatives. Each chapter identifies the sub-strategies aligned with each Strategic Initiative and their associated Vital Signs. Each chapter concludes with a list of gaps and barriers that may be addressed as part of future work on the Strategic Initiative
Near Term Actions in the 2016 Action Agenda
Near Term Actions are discrete, measurable activities and initiatives that contribute to achieving recovery targets and that can reasonably begin or achieve specific milestones within the next two years. Near Term Actions complement ongoing work and optimize funding and resources by focusing on priorities.
A total of 398 proposed Near Term Actions were submitted in December 2015. Of these, the owners of 375 Near Term Actions responded to technical feedback to improve their project plans and their actions continued on to the second phase of review. Subsequently, 363 Near Term Actions met the requirements for inclusion in the Action Agenda. The resulting Near Term Actions, estimated to cost $242 million, focus the Action Agenda on the three Strategic Initiatives as follows:
- 119 Near Term Actions relate to the Stormwater Strategic Initiative to prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff.
- 204 Near Term Actions relate to the Habitat Strategic Initiative to protect and restore habitat.
- 40 Near Term Actions relate to the Shellfish Strategic Initiative to protect and recover shellfish beds.
Ongoing programs are continuing efforts that provide regulatory oversight, technical support, implementation resources, or guidance that may have preceded the Action Agenda. They are not considered Near Term Actions because they are not discrete recovery actions—they are ongoing. However, actions that are designed to improve, expand, or otherwise change an ongoing program—can be considered as Near Term Actions. Many ongoing programs are associated with state, federal, tribal, and local land use and environmental regulatory programs and have independent, long-term funding. Appendix C, Ongoing Programs (PDF), provides a list of key ongoing programs that contribute directly to achieving Puget Sound recovery goals.