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Science Panel to recommend Puget Sound indicators of human wellbeing at April 23 meeting

This week’s Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel meeting will include a discussion on how to measure human wellbeing. Puget Sound Vital Sign indicators, which help track whether Puget Sound protection and restoration efforts are making a positive impact, include categories for measurements related to both a healthy human population and human quality of life.

“While Puget Sound recovery is often discussed in terms of things like habitat restoration, salmon and shellfish, we have to remember that maintaining a resilient, thriving and vibrant community for people is at the heart of our mission -- it is what makes Puget Sound such a unique place to be." said Sheida R. Sahandy, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership.

The Science Panel meets from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Commencement Bay conference rooms at the Center for Urban Waters, 326 East D St., Tacoma.

Up for consideration are four Vital Signs related to a healthy human population, including air quality, outdoor activity, local food availability, and clean drinking water. Also under consideration are five Vital Signs related to human quality of life, including Sound-healthy behaviors, cultural wellbeing, economic vitality, good governance, and sense of place. Based on this discussion, the Science Panel is expected to make a recommendation to update the Puget Sound Vital Signs for the Leadership Council to consider at its May meeting.

The full Science Panel agenda, meeting materials and directions are available at This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to provide comment and learn about the regional effort to restore and protect Puget Sound.

If you need special accommodations to participate in this meeting, please notify the Special Assistant to the Boards, Dominique Hampton, at 360.464.1229.

Following the meeting, there will be two Science Panel presentations from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma in room 201 of the Dougan building, 1721 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma. This month’s featured presentations include:
•    “Wicked Problems, Black Swans & Managing the Future of Puget Sound,” by Dr. Wayne Landis
•    “Shellfish Aquaculture and Water Quality Trading Programs,” by Dr. Katherine Wellman

About the Puget Sound Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency formed to lead 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.

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