The Action Agenda Update Center
The Puget Sound Action Agenda is a road map that lays out the work needed to achieve an ambitious goal: restoring the health of Puget Sound by 2020. The 2012/2013 Action Agenda identifies key ongoing programs, local priorities for different areas of the Sound and more than 200 specific actions that must be implemented over the next two years to stay on track toward our recovery targets.
By identifying these priorities, the Action Agenda guides resources and investment throughout the region to the activities that will make a difference. The current plan builds on the recovery framework established in the first Action Agenda, created in 2008, and is the result of a collaborative effort by state and federal agencies, tribal governments, local governments, business and environmental groups, and other interested partners.
Three region-wide priorities are emphasized in the 2012/13 Action Agenda:
- Prevent pollution from urban stormwater runoff. Polluted runoff from roads, roofs, parking lots, and other paved areas is the biggest threat to Puget Sound’s water quality. Although we have many tools and technologies for reducing stormwater pollution, we need to make much fuller use of them if we are to stop contamination from flowing into the Sound.
- Protect and restore habitat. Restoring damaged shorelines and protecting salmon habitat along the many rivers and streams that flow into Puget Sound is necessary to save salmon and honor tribal treaty rights. We must stop destroying habitat, protect what we have left, and substantially restore the critical habitats that we have lost.
- Restore and re-open shellfish beds. Shellfish harvesting is a major Puget Sound industry, and a tribal treaty right. Both are threatened by pollution that has closed more than 7,000 acres of Puget Sound beaches. Shellfish health begins on land, through reduction of pollution from rural and agricultural lands and maintenance and repair of failing septic tanks.
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