Presentation: Welcome and Introduction - Puget Sound Partnership

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Presentation: Welcome and Introduction - Puget Sound Partnership

Puget Sound Partnership

Building the Action Agenda


Puget Sound Partnership: a different approach

• Coordinate resources

• Prioritize projects

• Base decisions on science

• Hold people accountable for results

• Move quickly!


What is the Action Agenda?

• Building a roadmap for restoration of Puget

Sound

Sound-wide direction and local perspective

• Focus on actions that have the biggest impact

• Living and adaptable

DUE: December 1, 2008


Partnership Goals

• Healthy people supported by healthy Puget Sound

• Quality of human life sustained by a healthy Puget

Sound

Puget Sound species and the web of life thrive

Puget Sound habitat is protected and restored

Puget Sound rivers and streams flowing at levels that

support people, fish and wildlife and the environment

Puget Sound marine and freshwater are clean


Action Agenda Questions

1. What is the current status of Puget Sound? What are

the biggest threats to it?

2. What is a healthy Puget Sound?

3. What actions must we take to move from where we are

today toward a healthy Puget Sound?

4. Where should we start?


Action Agenda Questions

1. What is the current status of Puget Sound? What are

the biggest threats to it?

2. What is a healthy Puget Sound?

3. What actions must we take to move from where we are

today toward a healthy Puget Sound?

4. Where should we start?


Topic Forums

• Engage science and policy experts

• Backing up statements and conclusions with

sound science

• Establishing links between science and policy

• Building on existing work conducted throughout

the Puget Sound region

Sound-wide symposium on May 28 th


Topic Forum Questions

Science Questions

1. What’s the current, documented scientific

knowledge about this issue?

2. What do we know about the effectiveness and

certainty of management approaches aimed at

addressing threats (from a scientific

perspective)?


Topic Forum Questions

Policy Questions

1) What policy approaches are currently being

used to address each issue in Puget Sound?

2) Using first three questions:

• Principles to guide strategies and actions?

• Work to be done to address the documented

threats? (strategies to continue, add, or change)

• How will we know we are making progress?


Discussion Papers

• Draft papers for comment and review

• Very short time frame

• Intentionally short - begin a long-term

conversation

• Starting the conversation—“Did we get it

right?”

• Focus on science and documented threats

and actions that work—things we know and

have evidence for


What happens with comments?

Considered by core group

1. Organized by major themes that emerge

from review

2. Summary response for types of comments

in each theme and how addressed in the

revised paper or not

3. Post summary and comments on the web


What’s Next?

• Comments collected through May 6

• Consider comments to prepare synthesis

paper May 6 through 21

• Post draft synthesis paper May 21 or 22

Sound Symposium on May 28 th to

synthesize work across topics

• Discuss results with Partnership leadership

(ECB and LC) in late May and June

• Revised papers completed in June and be

appendices to the Action Agenda


Core Team Introduction

• Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc Society

• Lynne Barre, NOAA

• Sarah Gage, WA Biodiversity Council

• Charles “Si” Simenstad, UW

• Ken Currens, NW Indian Fisheries Commission

• Wayne Palsson, WDFW

• Mary Mahaffy, US Fish & Wildlife Service


Core Team Work

• Met three times

• Did not cover:

– Habitat

– Water Quality

– Water Quantity

• Very interested in learning from you

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