NEW ROLES – NEW REALITIES

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new model for how it intends to allocate Puget Sound geographic funding to the region. The Partnership was encouraged by the enhanced roles and responsibilities that model lays out for the agency, its boards, and our partners. The model defines activities consistent with the agency’s vision to work with partners to ensure that recovery dollars are being spent in the most efficient and effective way possible.

We must prepare to meet these enhanced responsibilities, however, in the context of revised state and federal revenue forecasts that would not even fully support our pre-existing work. "As a result, we are making the following transitions:

  • Realignment of staffing: some positions will not be funded in the future and other positions will be added to meet new demands.
  • Transition of programs funded by the expiring Stewardship Grant: the end of this grant requires the transition of many of these efforts to sources of support outside the organization.
  • Enhanced board support: for the Leadership Council, Ecosystem Coordination Board, Science Panel, and Salmon Recovery Council to meet increased responsibilities under the new model.

The transitions ahead are both difficult and exciting. We will be saddened to say good-bye to people and programs that made critical contributions to our work. As we embrace the future and the new opportunities it holds, we need to continue to work together to keep focus on our vision: a Puget Sound where both natural and human communities thrive.

Most of the operational changes will be in place by July 1. For programmatic changes and impacts of the EPA model to ongoing efforts like the Action Agenda, we still have many details to work out and will be involving partners and sharing outcomes as the process unfolds.

Partnership News and Events

Sound Choices
How do the everyday decisions of local governments impact water quality, habitat, and the health of Puget Sound? With a focus on stormwater, land use and routine government operations, local officials will confidently be able to answer the question: “As an elected official, what should I consider in my everyday decisions to advance recovery of the Sound?”
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Meeting Notice
The Science Panel will meet in Tacoma on April 23rd. LEARN MORE

The Partnership in D.C.
Puget Sound Partnership's Executive Director, Sheida Sahandy, was in Washington, D.C, earlier this spring to talk to Congress about the importance of protecting and recovering Puget Sound (starts at 2:15). The text of her testimony is available here.

Biennial Science Work Plan For 2014-2016:
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Puget Sound Partnership Response to Operating Budget Watershed Proviso

Puget Sound Recovery Caucus White Paper
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Voluntary Incentive Program Dialogue
Technical Memo - Effectiveness of VIPs and Next Steps

Landowner Perspectives on Voluntary Conservation Incentive Programs
Results and Recommendations from a Landowner Survey in theSnohomish and Stillaguamish Watersheds (PDF)


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