2022-2026 Action Agenda: AN UPDATE TO THE PUGET SOUND RECOVERY PLAN FOR PROTECTED HABITAT, THRIVING SPECIES, AND HEALTHY PEOPLE

Puget Sound is a special place that nourishes our health, economy, environment, and quality of life. Tribes have honored these lands and fished throughout the region since time immemorial. Its snowcapped mountains and sparkling waters continue to attract people and businesses from around the world. Over the past 150 years, however, human use has damaged Puget Sound, causing the degradation of water quality, water quantity, and habitat. And the rapid growth of our region’s population—if not addressed thoughtfully—will bring more land development, infrastructure, and pollution.

Puget Sound will never be as it was prior to industrialization. Yet Puget Sound can be a resilient ecosystem that supports healthy human communities and the habitats and species we care about. We can grow our cities and towns more carefully, restore floodplains and shorelines we previously degraded, improve water quality, and ensure sufficient water for all.

Working together, the Puget Sound Partnership and our partners can chart a course for this recovery through the Action Agenda for Puget Sound. We can do this by identifying the most effective and beneficial outcomes, strategies, and activities for recovery that are supported by the best available science. The Action Agenda represents the collective work of federal, tribal, state, local, nonprofit, and private entities to recover Puget Sound. By collaborating to update and implement the Action Agenda, hundreds of partners from across Puget Sound will invest their leadership and resources behind bold and effective actions for accelerating and achieving the recovery of Puget Sound. We, the Puget Sound Partnership, are responsible for coordinating regular updates of the Action Agenda as we continuously learn more about the most successful approaches for recovering Puget Sound. We are currently beginning the process to update the Action Agenda for 2022-2026.

The leadership council approves a concept for the 2022-2026 Action Agenda

In June 2020, the Leadership Council—the governing body of the Partnership—approved a concept for the 2022-2026 Action Agenda.

Key elements of the concept:

  1. Update our ecosystem recovery plan to improve the health of the Puget Sound ecosystem and the people that inhabit the region.
  2. Clearly describe the ecosystem status and the pressures affecting the ecosystem.
  3. Focus the next four years on a set of science-informed, shared recovery outcomes for reducing pressures and barriers.
  4. Collaboratively identify strategies and actions to achieve those outcomes.
    1. Identify strategies that emphasize multi-benefit and high-impact actions.
    2. Identify targeted actions for recovery through direct collaboration between partners rather than a passive solicitation for near-term actions from partners.
    3. Provide better guidance for recovery strategies and actions by outlining connections to ongoing programs (regulatory programs, for example), funding opportunities, scientific information, and more. 
    4. Describe the role of the Management Conference and other audiences (the State Legislature, for example ) in implementing the Action Agenda. 
  5. Incorporate new and improved tools and resources in the approach to recovery.
    Includes the progress measures framework (Vital Signs and intermediate and activity progress measures), strategies from the mobilizing funding project, alterative future scenarios information, climate adaptation and resilience strategies, and strategic communications. 
Phases of work for the 2022-2026 Action Agenda development

Timeframe

Phase

Detail

Status

Jan - June 2020

Phase 1: Scope and schedule

Determine the overall scope and schedule of the Action Agenda, including the intended purpose and use of the Action Agenda and major process phases and concepts. 

Completed

June - Dec 2020

Phase 2: Identify priority outcomes for recovery

Identify priority outcomes that describe what we as the recovery community hope to accomplish. Priority outcomes will guide the identification of strategies and actions that are necessary to make progress toward Puget Sound recovery goals and Vital Signs.

More detail is available here.

In progress

Jan 2021 - Aug 2021

Phase 3: Identify strategies to advance priority outcomes

Identify strategies that tell us how to advance progress toward priority outcomes (phase 2) and overall recovery.

Not started

Aug - Dec 2021

Phase 4: Identify actions and commitments that align with strategies.

Identify actions and programs that require additional investment; necessary policy changes; and commitments from the boards and partners to support priority actions for recovery.

Not started

Aug 2021 - Feb 2022

Phase 5: Develop draft Action Agenda

Bring together content developed in phases 2-4 into a draft Action Agenda; partners and public provide feedback on draft.

Not started

Feb - June 2022

Phase 6: Public comment and adoption

Provide time for public comment and input from each of the Partnership's Boards and partner groups.

Not started

We invite your participation

Every phase of Action Agenda development will build from existing plans developed by partners. We and our partners are also developing an engagement plan and establishing mechanisms for collaboration and participation in developing the outcomes (phase 2), strategies (phase 3), and actions (phase 4) for the 2022-2026 Action Agenda. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Partnership staff who are leading the development of the Action Agenda will use existing meeting schedules to present to partner groups, host workshops where partners can convene around particular topic areas, and provide online mechanisms to gather independent feedback at the convenience of partners’ schedules. 

Opportunities to participate in identifying priority outcomes are now available.
Stay tuned for more information on engagement opportunities as the process is developed.

Ask for a briefing or a conversation. We would be happy to talk with you or your organization about the 2022-2026 Action Agenda development process and get your ideas. Please contact Don Gourlie (don.gourlie@psp.wa.gov) or your other Partnership staff connections to request a briefing.

For more information on the process and opportunities to participate click here.

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