EVALUATING ACTIONS TO RECOVER PUGET SOUND
Tracking and evaluating Puget Sound ecosystem recovery efforts as they are carried out is key to holding partners accountable, understanding successes and challenges, and supporting changes to the work. We track the progress and funding of hundreds of Near Term Actions owned by a range of Puget Sound partners. Learn more about why Near Term Action reporting improves the Action Agenda and helps recover Puget Sound in this 1-page summary. Evaluating the progress of these actions is a critical tool not only for informing the management of recovery efforts, but is also a requirement in the Partnership’s founding legislation and an important statutory component of the biennial State of the Sound report.
Several online tools offer accessible opportunities to track the recovery actions and activities taking place throughout the Sound:
PUGET SOUND INFO
Puget Sound Info is an online, collaborative platform for sharing information about Puget Sound recovery priorities, investments, accomplishments, and progress toward near-term outcomes and long-term recovery goals. Managed by the Partnership and developed with input from many Puget Sound recovery partners, Puget Sound Info is the new online home for multiple tools used to track and report on Puget Sound recovery efforts, including the Action Agenda Tracker, the NEP Atlas, and the Vital Sign website. Visit Puget Sound Info
Action Agenda Tracker
The Action Agenda Tracker was created to allow implementers, funders, decisionmakers, and the public to track Puget Sound recovery actions associated with the Action Agenda starting in 2018. The Tracker also helps us tell stories about the work, investments, and accomplishments of the broad community of organizations and individuals dedicated to Puget Sound recovery. Visit the Action Agenda Tracker.
The Partnership also maintains information about prior Action Agendas, including about the funding and implementation of past recovery actions (NTAs). Visit the Past Action Agendas page in Puget Sound Info.
NEP investments for the period 2006 to present are summarized in the NEP Atlas located in Puget Sound Info.
PUGET SOUND VITAL SIGNS
The Puget Sound Vital Signs are measures of ecosystem health and progress toward Puget Sound recovery goals. Thanks to a strong network of monitoring programs and committed scientists and environmental program managers in the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, the status and trends of indicators and progress toward recovery goals are regularly updated throughout this website. Visit the Vital Signs
Many restoration and management actions have been effective in restoring ecosystem components and processes in Puget Sound, but much of the evidence of success is found in technical documents that are not easy to access. We are reviewing scientific reports to distill information about what’s working to restore Puget Sound. This information, once vetted by regional experts, is presented in fact sheets and narrative summaries that can be used to help develop effective programs and projects that align with the Puget Sound Action Agenda and accelerate the recovery of Puget Sound. Learn more.
ASSESSING CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF RESTORATION AND PROTECTION ACTIONS IN PUGET SOUND
The cumulative effects of nearshore habitat recovery actions on juvenile salmonids in the Whidbey basin. An evidence-based evaluation of cumulative effects to comprehensively evaluate salmon recovery efforts implemented over the past two decades in Whidbey basin nearshore habitats is underway. This study will evaluate the cumulative effects of nearshore habitat restoration in the Whidbey basin aimed at improving critical habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon. A collaborative, multi-institutional research team has been convened to develop and implement this study over the next 2-3 years. Learn more.
STATE OF THE SOUND
The Partnership is required in Washington state statute to produce a State of the Sound report every two years to demonstrate progress in our collective efforts to recover the Sound. The State of the Sound website is a broadly accessible resource that includes links to download the full report. View the 2023 State of the Sound
Last updated: 11/21/23