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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07-27-2015

Leadership Council will vote on Puget Sound priorities, adding human wellbeing indicators

The Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council will consider two resolutions during its meeting on Wednesday, July 29. The council will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, in the Columbia Room, located on the first floor of the Legislative Building, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W., Olympia.

Resolution 2015-01 updates sub-strategies for the three Puget Sound Strategic Initiatives – preventing pollution from stormwater, protecting and restoring habitat, and recovering shellfish beds – and adding cross-cutting issues that include compliance with existing regulations, riparian corridor management, communication and outreach, behavior change, and science and monitoring. This work will define the priority actions that will be considered as part of the 2016-17 Puget Sound Action Agenda update.

The adoption of resolution 2015-02 would add new indicators to the Puget Sound Vital Signs that are designed to show how Puget Sound recovery efforts affect human wellbeing. All together, the Vital Signs are intended to tell us about the bio-physical condition of Puget Sound and provide clues about whether the region is making progress in restoring Puget Sound. Vital Signs include measures for both the ecosystem and human wellbeing. Categories include protection and restoration of habitat, Puget Sound species and the food web, water quality, water quantity, healthy human population, and human quality of life.

New measurements up for consideration are four indicators 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.

The full Leadership Council agenda, meeting materials and directions are available online. 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.

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 mobilizes partner action around a common agenda, advances Sound investments, and tracks progress to optimize recovery.

For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.

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