Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda 2018-2022: Add your voice

What is the 2018 Action Agenda and why should you comment?

The Action Agenda charts the course for recovering Puget Sound through the
Puget Sound Partnership, the state’s backbone agency for coordinating recovery among the many agencies and stakeholders who are working for a healthier Puget Sound. The Partnership wants to hear from you if there are any missing actions Washington state should collectively take action on to protect and recover Puget Sound. This is your opportunity to weigh in on what recovery and protection should look like now through 2022! View their full 2018-2022 Action Agenda here.

Send an email to the Partnership using the template below:

To: AAcomment@psp.wa.gov

Subject Line: Action Agenda

To whom it may concern:

Thank you for accepting comments on the 2018 Action Agenda for Puget Sound recovery and restoration. I ask that the Puget Sound Partnership address the following questions and comments:

  • The Action Agenda is missing a clear call to action for the general public. The document is long and verbose. It lacks clear steps for the general public to either engage in the process of recovery or to take personal steps to reduce one’s impact. Additionally, barriers are identified on page 15, but no path is identified to overcome those barriers.
  • Funding for education and outreach for Puget Sound is missing in the Action Agenda. Many people fail to understand Puget Sound is imperiled. Please resume funding ECONet Coordinators and activities and restore the stewardship program.
  • Please prioritize protection of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. The majority of the Action Agenda focuses on restoration which is certainly important. However, I would like to see more emphasis on protecting intact habitats and ecosystem function as they are significantly less expensive than restoration projects.
  • Major threats to Puget Sound are missing from the Action Agenda. The biggest threats I noticed were absent are oil spill prevention and the need to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Why is there no Local Integrating Organization (LIO) in the Samish/Skagit Watershed? How could one be established? I think this is a critical need given that the Samish/Skagit watershed is the largest river system in Puget Sound.

Thank you for considering my questions and comments.

[Your name]