Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact the Puget Sound Partnership.
Q: What is the Puget Sound Partnership?
A: The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The Puget Sound Partnership brings together hundreds of partners to mobilize partner action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.
Q: What is the Action Agenda for Puget Sound?
A: The Action Agenda for Puget Sound charts the course to recovery of our nation's largest estuary–it complements and incorporates the work of many partners from around Puget Sound to describe regional strategies and specific actions needed to recover Puget Sound. These strategies and actions provide opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private entities to better invest resources and coordinate actions. For more detail, please see the Action Agenda Overview page.
Q: What is the National Estuary Program?
A: The National Estuary Program (NEP) is an Environmental Protection Agency place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. Currently, 28 estuaries located along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts and in Puerto Rico are designated as estuaries of national significance. Each NEP focuses within a study area that includes the estuary and surrounding watershed. The Puget Sound is an estuary of national significance under the NEP program.
Q: What is the Action Agenda Tracker?
A: The Action Agenda Tracker is a web-based platform for tracking and reporting on the status and accomplishments of Near Term Actions for Puget Sound recovery. It is not a tool to support detailed or day-to-day project management, but does aim to efficiently support entry of each action's accomplishments by performance measure and expenditures by funding source. It hosts the comprehensive list of Near Term Actions in the Action Agenda for Puget Sound and allows Action Agenda partners and other stakeholders to view the status and accomplishments of each action.
As of April 2019, there are 631 Near Term Actions tracked in the Tracker.
Q: What is a Near Term Action?
A: Near Term Actions are discrete, measurable activities and initiatives that contribute to achieving recovery targets and that can reasonably begin or achieve specific milestones within the next 4 years. Near Term Actions may be proposed by governments, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals. They must be consistent with Action Agenda priority areas of implementation and with local recovery plans developed by the Local Integrating Organizations.
Q: Who uses the Action Agenda Tracker?
A: There are several groups of users:
- Project implementers – Near Term Action owners implement actions throughout the year and staff update project accomplishments and expenditures in the AA Tracker biannually.
- Puget Sound Partnership and partners – Puget Sound Partnership staff and partners are responsible for tracking and supporting implementation of Near Term Actions by educating key decision makers, removing barriers to implementation, and mobilizing funding for recovery.
- Funders, decisionmakers, and the public - funders, government decisionmakers and legislative staff, and other local and national stakeholders access the AA Tracker to learn about Near Term Actions for recovery that need to be implemented and view the results of Action Agenda implementation efforts.
Q: How current is the information in the Action Agenda Tracker?
A: The Near Term Action information within this tool is current (typically no more than one year old). The Partnership requests that each agency or organization with a Near Term Action in the Action Agenda updates the status of their action twice per year.
Q: Where are Near Term Actions implemented? Are there any in my neighborhood?
A: The Action Agenda Tracker provides a map where all Near Term Actions are plotted as points. You can filter this map by project stage or by program area. Click on a Near Term Action marker on the map to learn more about it.
Q: What types of projects does the Action Agenda include?
A: The best way to see the range of Near Term Action types implemented is via the list of activity types.
Q: How do Near Term Actions get funded?
A: Past Near Term Actions have received implementation support from many (primarily public) sources of funding. The table at right shows different sources of funding that funded Near Term Actions in the 2016 Action Agenda. The sole source of funding that is dedicated entirely to implementing the Action Agenda are the Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program Puget Sound geographic funds. To learn more about potential funding sources for Puget Sound recovery, click here.