January 30, 2009 | Edition 1
Last month, the Puget Sound Partnership adopted the Action Agenda. Now the region has a results-oriented strategy in place to protect, restore and clean up Puget Sound.
Action Agenda adopted: What’s next?
A key Partnership charge is to hold everyone charged with the cleanup work accountable for getting it done. The accountability system will allow the Partnership to track and report to the governor, the Legislature and the public on the effectiveness of actions and the efficiency of agencies in using public resources and funds to improve the state of the Puget Sound ecosystem.
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Late last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire, who along with the Legislature had the foresight to create the Partnership, unveiled her budget proposal for the 2009-11 biennium.
Even in these tough economic times, her budget reflects her continued support of and commitment to cleaning up Puget Sound – with a $284 million investment in this effort.
The Partnership is also hopeful that additional funding will be available for Puget Sound cleanup from the stimulus package being developed at the federal level.
The Partnership will continue to work with the Governor’s Office and the Legislature in the coming months to ensure that projects vital to the restoration and protection of Puget Sound are funded.
Joint Ocean Commission Initiative report
Earlier this month, the Partnership was highlighted as a “profile of progress” in a national report on actions local and state elected leaders can take to improve the health of coastal ecosystems and economies.
At the core of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is a belief that healthy and vibrant ocean and coastal ecosystems are crucial to our sustained economic and environmental well-being, public health, and standard of living – both now and in the future.
The Joint Initiative’s new report, titled “One Coast, One Future,” recognizes the Partnership’s Action Agenda for its focus on: restoring and protecting important ecosystem functions; increasing coordination and collaboration across jurisdictions and interests; and taking into account communities’ multiple goals – environmental, economic, social and cultural.
To read the report, visit http://www.jointoceancommission.org/
ECO Network Summit
The Education, Communication and Outreach Network (ECO Net) is a Partnership-led group of more than 400 individuals, representing some 200 organizations, whose members are improving the coordination, communication, and partnering between education and outreach providers throughout Puget Sound. The goal of ECO Net is to increase public awareness of what’s plaguing Puget Sound and public involvement in turning around its fate.
To help ensure this collaborative effort’s success, the Partnership on Thursday held the first ECO Net Summit. It provided an opportunity for Puget Sound environmental education, communication and outreach providers to:
To find out how to become involved with ECO Net, visit http://www.psp.wa.gov/econet.php
Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference: Feb. 8-11
The biennial Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference is the largest, most comprehensive scientific research and policy conference in the Salish Sea region. The 2009 conference, hosted in Seattle by the Puget Sound Partnership and Environment Canada, will build upon the experience of previous conferences by connecting scientific research and management techniques to priorities for meaningful action.
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of the Salish Sea: A Call to Action.” Subthemes include Air Quality & Climate Change, Ecosystem Management Strategies & Techniques, Habitat, Land Use & Species, and Marine & Freshwater Resources.
For more information and to register, visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwconf/psgb/
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