Priorities

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AHSS 2012 Interim Priorities

These priorities were accepted by the Executive Committee of AHSS in February of 2012 in a Resolution and then condensed, revised and aligned with the Puget Sound Partnership’s Strategic Initiative format for inclusion in the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda update.

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South Puget Sound

INTERIM Ecosystem Restoration Priority Actions (Unranked)

Strategic Initiative: Protection and Restoration of Habitat

  • Secure perpetual public ownership of McNeil Island for preservation, restoration and low impact public access.
  • Develop and implement South Puget Sound Conservation Plan elements, including high priority actions from:

o    McLane Creek Protection Plan

o    Goldsborough Creek Protection Plan

o    Skookum Creek Habitat Action Plan

o    Nisqually Protection (and Restoration) Plan

o    Deschutes Protection Plan

  • Implement top tier projects from the South Sound Watersheds 3-year plan
  • Implement all South Sound nearshore projects described by the Puget Sound Nearshore Estuarine Restoration Program’s 10% feasibility list, including:

o    Chambers Estuary

o    Sequalitchew Estuary

o    Deschutes Estuary

o    Mission Creek (Thurston)

o    DNR marine lab

o    Bayshore Acquisition and Restoration at Oakland Bay

  • Support advocacy efforts to partner with railroad on significant shoreline improvements.
  • Support Shoreline Management Program updates designed to protect existing, functioning drift cells in South Sound.
  • Support Eco-net endorsed educational efforts meeting the intent of this priority.
  • Reconfigure I-5 through the Nisqually lowlands to reconnect the flood plain through the valley.

Strategic Initiative: Prevention of Pollution from Urban Stormwater Runoff

  • Advocate for increased treatment levels at Wastewater Treatment Plants in South Sound, including zero discharge at Solo Point.
  • Clean up industrially polluted sites consistent with the State’s Model Toxics Control Act process, beginning with Budd Inlet and Oakland Bay.
  • Complete and Implement Deschutes Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and implement Oakland Bay TMDL.
  • Achieve a balance of local, state and federal funding for full implementation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal stormwater permits.
  • Implement retrofitting on non-compliant stormwater systems.
  • Implement stormwater management on a watershed basis.
  • Support non-NPDES mandated stormwater programs in smaller communities (e.g.; Eatonville).
  • Implement oil spill response preparation and training.
  • Support Eco-net endorsed educational efforts meeting the intent of this priority.

Strategic Initiative: Recovery of Shellfish Beds

  • Use the results of Department of Ecology’s South Puget Sound Dissolved Oxygen model to determine sub-basin nutrient reduction targets for South Sound.
  • Complete the Eld/Totten/Little Skookum TMDL and implement recommendations.
  • Re-open shellfish beds, including: Henderson, Burley Lagoon, Minter, Oakland Bay, North Bay.
  • Prevent closure of shellfish beds at Filucy Bay and Rocky Bay.
  • Support programs and projects that implement, teach or otherwise encourage best management practices to remove nutrients and/or pathogens from surface waters.
  • Improve Operations and Management of septic systems in all 4 counties (potentially building on the successful Henderson Inlet Model).
  • Enhance on-site septic repair grant and loan programs.
  • Support Eco-net endorsed educational efforts meeting the intent of this priority.
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