Marine Water Quality
While substantial reference material exists from which to identify priorities associated with Marine Water Quality (MWQ), no administrative structure (such as a Strategic Initiative Lead) currently exists or is funded that would enable an external group of partners to collaboratively identify these priorities from source material and vet them in time for inclusion in the 2018–2022 Action Agenda. In addition, there are other partners who may have an interest in or may be best suited to lead in the development of the MWQ Vital Sign, and there is a regional desire to ensure that the most appropriate people are convened to determine the right approach. Since there is a desire to make Implementation Strategies the standard pathway for generating Action Agenda Regional Priorities, it was determined that the Regional Priority for MWQ will be to develop (or adapt) an Implementation Strategy.
NTA owners were encouraged to submit NTAs for priorities associated with the rest of the Area of Focus Vital Signs that would also have a positive impact on MWQ. Development or adaptation of the MWQ Implementation Strategy should occur in close collaboration with LIOs and tribal partners, as well as with the SI Leads, the EPA, and many others. In addition, work should incorporate and consider the robust planning efforts of LIOs and tribes, as well as SI Leads, the EPA, and others.
For more information on the considerations and rationale that supported this decision, please refer to the Partnership’s “Director’s Decision Regarding Regional Priorities for Marine Water Quality and Summer Stream Flow Vital Signs.”