2018-2022 ACTION AGENDA FOR PUGET SOUND
NEAR TERM ACTIONS
The 2018-2022 Action Agenda includes 631 actions that are ready to get underway that advance the Action Agenda’s Regional Priorities.
Local and regional experts in habitat restoration, shellfish bed protection and recovery, stormwater pollution, and salmon recovery came together to review and rank Near Term Actions for inclusion in the 2018-2022 Action Agenda.
Regardless of ranking, all NTAs in the 2018-2022 Action Agenda are considered high priority and important and necessary to accelerate Puget Sound recovery during the next 4 years. The highest ranked actions (tier 4) are considered to be best aligned with the Action Agenda.
WHAT IS A NEAR TERM ACTION?
Many types of discrete, measurable actions constitute NTAs. The term “action” is broadly defined to include projects, initiatives, or programs. NTAs can also be large or small in scale and can be a portion (or phase) of a larger, longer-term effort. For the 2018-2022 Action Agenda, the following three categories of actions are considered to be NTAs:
- New actions that achieve new recovery outcomes. These may also be new one-time investments aimed at launching a new ongoing program.
- Expansions or enhancements of existing programs to achieve better recovery outcomes. These are discrete actions aimed at expanding the scope or scale of an existing program (not maintenance of current level of scope or scale).
- Continuation of an ongoing action that currently lacks secure ongoing funding to maintain baseline operations, such as a project to acquire funding for a critical program that is operating on year-to-year grant funding.
HOW WERE NEAR TERM ACTIONS SOLICITED?
The NTAs in the 2018-2022 Action Agenda were regionally reviewed and ranked from 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest, based on an assessment conducted by regional and local experts. NTAs were reviewed against four consistent criteria: 1) whether the action is aligned with Regional Priorities that are included in the Action Agenda, 2) whether the groups proposing to undertake the action have the necessary skills and capacity, 3) whether the cost, timeframe, and technical approach of the action are reasonable, and 4) whether the action will contribute to Puget Sound recovery.