FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Partnership adopts regional priorities and actions to restore the health of Puget Sound
SEATTLE – Today the Puget Sound Partnership’s governing board unanimously adopted the 2012 update of the Action Agenda, the region’s blueprint for restoring the health of Puget Sound by 2020.
The Partnership is the state agency that leads and coordinates the recovery of Puget Sound.
“This agenda provides a road map for action,” said Anthony Wright, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “We will use it with our partners to increase momentum and build on our significant accomplishments.”
The Action Agenda, originally created by the Partnership in 2009, is updated to reflect progress, lessons learned, and emerging scientific knowledge. The 2012 Action Agenda update is the product of scientists, tribes, local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, and educational institutions all working together. It outlines the region’s priorities and actions to address the foundational elements of a healthy Puget Sound: our economy, environment, human health, and quality of life.
Three regional priorities are emphasized in the new Action Agenda:
Action Agenda Improvements since 2009
“Puget Sound is the cornerstone of the region’s quality of life and vibrant economy. This notion is at the heart of this first-in-class, updated Action Agenda, the region’s roadmap to recovery by 2020.” said Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Puget Sound Leadership Council.
A key role of the Partnership is to coordinate facilitate and advise on technical projects throughout Puget Sound. Since 2008, the Partnership has helped 702 projects be launched or completed. These projects created an estimated 15,000 jobs. Learn more about the important progress by reading the list of major accomplishments.
Reflections by Partnership Leaders
The Chairs of each of the Partnership’s boards reported on the collective contributions of the many people who created and will implement the 2012 Action Agenda. Read what Board Chairs and legislators are saying about the Action Agenda by reading reflections from Partnership leaders.
The Puget Sound Partnership is the backbone organization that coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan, and ensure accountability for results. By combining efforts and clearly defining priorities, more than 2,440 acres of habitat have been protected, 70 miles of streams and rivers have been restored, and game-changing restoration projects have been advanced since the Partnership was established through bipartisan leadership in 2007.
The Partnership does three key things unique to any other entity in Washington:
TVW broadcast of the Leadership Council meeting: www.tvw.org
Leadership Council letter to the People of Puget Sound: http://www.psp.wa.gov/downloads/AA_Release/lettertoAA2012final8_9_12.pdf
Action Agenda and supporting documents: www.psp.wa.gov/action_agenda_2011_update_home.php
Leadership Council Meeting Agenda: www.psp.wa.gov/LC_meetings.php
Leadership Council members: www.psp.wa.gov/LC_about.php
Puget Sound Partnership website: http://www.psp.wa.gov
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