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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03-10-2015

EPA focuses Puget Sound recovery investments

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional leaders announced a new framework for distributing federal funding directed toward Puget Sound recovery.  These non-regulatory National Estuary Program Geographic Funds, which totaled $117 million in the 2009-2015 period, are distributed to programs and projects that are implemented locally by municipalities, tribes, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

The new framework still recognizes and integrates the critical role of these partners, but it more strongly aligns and focuses implementation with the Action Agenda, the shared regional recovery plan managed by the Puget Sound Partnership.

“Today’s announcement represents a new way of doing business in Puget Sound that is respectful of local efforts and partnerships and tribal treaty rights,” said David Troutt, director of Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources and chair of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council. “It is clear that EPA listened carefully and crafted a solution that will advance the recovery of Puget Sound. Today is a good day!”

Key elements of the new funding model include:


“We appreciate that EPA’s Region 10 folks took the time that was needed to understand the perspectives of our many partners and to customize this system to meet as many of those needs as they could, as well as the over-riding demands of recovery,” said Sheida Sahandy, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership.  Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council added, “With EPA’s endorsement of our region’s collective effort to restore this treasured resource, we are in a better position than ever to push forward for our shared goals.”

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The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency formed to mobilize the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. Working with more than 750 governments, tribes, scientists, businesses, and nonprofits, the Partnership coordinates and catalyzes partner action around a common agenda, mobilizes Sound investments, and tracks progress to optimize recovery.

The Puget Sound Action Agenda is the road map of work needed to restore the health of the ecosystem while maintaining the prosperity of the region. Focused on three region-wide initiatives that guide this priority work (prevent pollution from stormwater runoff, protect and restore habitat, and recover shellfish beds), the Action Agenda integrates existing basin-wide and watershed-scale plans into the overall plan for the recovery of Puget Sound.

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