This priority was identified by the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council, the governing body for Puget Sound Recovery.
As noted in the 2017 State of the Sound report, inadequate and unreliable funding continues to be the most often cited barrier to achieving and maintaining a healthy and resilient Puget Sound ecosystem. Achieving our desired outcomes requires significantly increased and on-going investment from federal, state, local, tribal, and private sources.
National Estuary Program funds are one crucial source of funding for near-term actions in the Action Agenda. Even with these investments, however, only 10-25 percent of NTAs have historically received funding. The Puget Sound Partnership encourages other funders to use the Action Agenda as a resource for identifying scientifically sound projects to consider funding.
The Leadership Council remains committed to developing a long term funding plan that includes using current available resources more efficiently and effectively, including by continuously better aligning investments strategically with partners, as well as developing new strategies for sustainably funding recovery programs and projects. We also seek our partners’ ideas for creative funding strategies; the regional priorities include development of funding and communications strategies.