Over the past year or so, the EPA has begun funding a new effort to speed up and prioritize Puget Sound recovery. A coalition of state agencies and other partners is developing a series of plans known as Implementation Strategies that take on some of the practical considerations and next steps for the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.
We wrote about this last year in our magazine Salish Sea Currents, and have continued a series of stories about some of the science driving the process. We’ll be writing more stories in the coming year with funding from the EPA, and Puget Sound Institute scientists are among those collaborating in the overall effort.
In a sense, the Implementation Strategies are a prescription for Puget Sound health. While there are still many unknowns, scientists say we now understand — at least to some degree — many of the major problems facing the region. Those are being monitored as so-called “Vital Signs” established by the state, and range from the health of endangered orcas to water quality and human wellbeing. Knowing where to prioritize recovery efforts is a huge step forward, agencies and partners say. Now these groups want to apply the medicine where they can.
The leaders of the new Implementation Strategies include several state agencies. Among them are the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Puget Sound Partnership continues its role as a facilitator and organizer in the process, and other partners include regional tribes, the Puget Sound Federal Task Force and a variety of stakeholders and nonprofits.
If you want to get a better handle on just what the Implementation Strategies are and who is behind them, we recommend visiting the coalition’s new website at https://pugetsoundestuary.wa.gov/. The site launched earlier this month, and will include regular updates including blogs detailing the latest steps in the process.
The site’s most recent blog post is a great overview of the process and describes many of the priorities for the group over the next four years.
A new mobile app for the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
PSI’s Encyclopedia of Puget Sound has been chosen to publish the official mobile app for the upcoming Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle. The app will allow users to customize their schedules, network with conference participants and receive real-time news about conference events. It will be available for all devices and will be the first time a mobile app has been developed specifically for the biennial conference.
EoPS is creating the app with the help of developers at CrowdCompass with funding support from the Puget Sound Partnership. The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the region’s premier gathering dedicated to the science and policy of Salish Sea ecosystem recovery. The conference will be held April 30 – May 2, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
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The Puget Sound Institute is collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enhance a new web-based mapping resource for Puget Sound. The project will utilize NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA) within the Institute’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Puget Sound to bring together a wide array of GIS and oceanographic data. ERMA was first used extensively in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the same mapping application is now being customized for the Puget Sound watershed and Northwest area.
Those who missed yesterday’s showing at the Seattle Aquarium may want to attend a free screening on February 27th of the new documentary Sound and Vision, by filmmaker Eric Becker. The film was produced by the People for Puget Sound, and is “told through the the stories of people working to clean up, protect and restore habitat in Puget Sound and beyond.”
The free screening will be hosted by the UW American Water Resources Association on Monday, February 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, and will be held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle in the Electrical Engineering Building, Room 125.
The Puget Sound Institute is building an online collection of historical documents from events and publications related to Puget Sound science. Visit the Document Archive to find a growing list of archival materials, ranging from Salish Sea and Georgia Basin conference proceedings to a long lineage of Puget Sound Science Updates and State of the Sound Reports.
In October, the Puget Sound Institute formally launched the Puget Sound Science Review, an online publication aimed at synthesizing key scientific findings related to protection and restoration of the greater Salish Sea ecosystem. Visit the Review at: www.pugetsoundscience.org.