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2013 State of the Sound: Shellfish beds, swimming beaches and estuary indicators show improvement
The Puget Sound Partnership’s 2013 State of the Sound, released today to the Governor’s Office, reports on the status of Puget Sound recovery by measuring the progress of the Puget Sound Vital Signs as well as how regional partners are doing in implementing the 2012 Puget Sound Action Agenda.
The State of the Sound is a required report that provides data and information relevant to decisions about changes needed to programs, policies, and funding efforts that can accelerate the progress to restore Puget Sound. This report reflects work by citizens, governments, tribes, nonprofits, communities, scientists, and businesses throughout the region.
“Puget Sound is a delicate ecosystem that gives us food to eat, supports a healthy economy, provides places to swim and play, and is home to many species of wildlife,” said Martha Kongsgaard, chair of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council. “But it also has many areas that are suffering due to pressures from population growth and increasing development. We need to be proactive and preserve what is there, clean up what is polluted and restore where we can.”
Many of the Vital Signs continue to struggle, and three show a worsening trend. However, most of these struggling Vital Signs are indicators of the biophysical condition of Puget Sound and it will take longer to produce progress. Also, these indicators may be responding to multiple pressures and natural causes that are out of human control.
“In a perfect world we’d have all the needed resources to do the most important work” said Marc Daily, the Puget Sound Partnership’s interim executive director. “In reality, there are several barriers that prevent us from accomplishing as much as we want, as quickly as we need. This is why we are working with our partners across the region to prioritize actions based on what will have the greatest impact on Puget Sound conservation."
“Being able to collaborate, prioritize, and adapt are essential to optimizing and sustaining Puget Sound recovery efforts,” said Daily.
For more information on the 2013 State of the Sound report, visit www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php.
About the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the organization leading the recovery of Puget Sound. The Partnership coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, businesses and nonprofits to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan and ensure accountability for results. For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.
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