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Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Protection and Restoration: Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Work Plan and Six-Year Implementation Strategy

Category: Habitat - Nearshore

Date Published: June 21, 2012

Number of Pages: 33


Puget Sound Lead Organization Structure

The National Estuary Program (NEP) Lead Organization Cooperative Agreement to Protect and Restore Watersheds of Puget Sound (Watershed Cooperative Agreement) was awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in February 2011. This was one of seven NEP Lead Organization Assistance Agreements that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded at that time to Management Conference partners to support Puget Sound recovery. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) co-leads the implementation of this work through an interagency agreement with WDFW. An ‘Overview of the Puget Sound National Estuary Program Management Conference and Funding Agreements under CWA Section 320’ is provided in Appendix I and introduces the general role and relationship of these Lead Organizations. This amended workplan has been developed and formatted to be consistent with the National Estuary Program FFY 2012 Funding Guidance.

See Appendix I - Overview of the Puget Sound National Estuary Program Management Conference and Funding Agreements under CWA Section 320.

This proposed work program will support at least eight of the twenty recovery targets identified for Puget Sound including eelgrass, estuaries, wild Chinook salmon recovery, shoreline armoring, Pacific Herring, marine sediment quality, orcas, and toxics in fish. The outputs and/or outcomes of each sub-award will be assessed for their relative contribution to these recovery objectives and the findings will be documented through Financial and Ecosystem Accounting and Tracking System (FEATS) reporting.

Both competitive and directed sub-awards may be made under this workplan based on the guidance that has been established by the Lead Organizations for this purpose.