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2012 State of the Sound report finds two areas of progress, outlines big to-do list
TACOMA – The Puget Sound Partnership’s 2012 State of the Sound report, released today to the Governor’s Office, shows that the region has slowed the decline in the health of Puget Sound and increased the number of healthy shellfish beds and restored estuaries. But the region is still losing ground in many areas.
“The impacts of the last 100 years have taken their toll – they are not undone overnight,” said Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Partnership’s Leadership Council. “However, our regional efforts have reversed the decline that would likely have continued without our concerted and deliberate intervention.”
The good news
The 2012 State of the Sound report shows improvements in two Vital Signs between 2007 and 2011:
“The increase in healthy shellfish beds and restored habitat are both areas where we have seen major collaborative efforts. For example, recent shellfish bed upgrades in Oakland Bay are the work of government, tribes and business working together,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “What this report shows us is that we see progress when we work together as a region. When we coordinate funding and efforts on big picture projects, Puget Sound wins.”
The bad news
Progress in the region has not been sufficient to meet 2020 ecosystem recovery targets for the region.
“We must redouble our efforts to fund this critical work,” says Wright. “The cost seems significant when contrasted with competing needs in our state, but pales in comparison to the benefits we derive from Puget Sound, and that cost we pass on to our children if we wait.”
The State of the Sound is a required report meant to reflect the current status of the Puget Sound ecosystem and of regional implementation and funding. The purpose of this information is to inform decisions about changes needed to funding, programs or policies that might accelerate the progress to restore Puget Sound, including more efficient use of resources. The report reflects work by citizens, governments, tribes, nonprofits, communities, scientists and businesses throughout the region.
Highlights of the State of the Sound report:
For more information on the 2012 State of the Sound report: http://www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php.
About the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the organization leading the recovery of Puget Sound. The Partnership is a state agency that coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, nonprofits and businesses to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan and ensure accountability for results. For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.