Tuesday, February 9, 2021

News Release - Reauthorizing the National Estuary Program (Puget Sound Partnership)

Background Information on Puget Sound Partnership

Below is a news release from Puget Sound Partnership (PSP), the state agency that oversees implementation of the National Estuary Program for Puget Sound. The National Estuary Program (NEP) is an EPA program to protect and restore water quality and ecological function of estuaries of national significance. The NEP is a non-regulatory program established by Congress and was authorized by section 320 of the Clean Water Act in 1987. Puget Sound is one of 28 estuaries in the program. Each NEP develops and implements a long-term plan based on local priorities to guide their efforts. 
PSP was created in 2007 when Washington passed legislation to create the state agency dedicated to protecting and restoring Puget Sound. More about the program can be found at NEP overview (wa.gov). PSP is implementing the 2018 - 2022 Action Agenda. You can view their Action Agenda Tracker for progress. PSP is currently working to develop the 2022 - 2026 Action Agenda, updates can be viewed here. The public comment period for the development of the new Action Agenda is currently scheduled for Feb - June 2022. Other opportunities exist for partners, local governments and tribal organizations to participate in the early phases work. Very exciting stuff!

PSP has a wealth of information on their site, I highly recommend you check it out! And it is good to see excellent efforts like this getting Congressional support.

NEWS RELEASE: Congress moves to invest in the nation's estuaries

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February 1, 2021


MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Hyde, 360.819.3045, kevin.hyde@psp.wa.gov 

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