South Central Action Area Caucus Group LIO for Puget Sound Recovery

South Central Action Area

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The South Central Local Integrating Organization (LIO), known as the Action Area Caucus Group, spent nearly a year working through the 144 sound-wide actions in the 2008 Action Agenda, discussing how actions translate to local communities, watersheds, and the larger South Central Puget Sound area. The Caucus Group identified a top tier of actions and then developed more specific action plans to promote coordination and efforts to advance those priority actions.

The Caucus Group involved the participation of member groups, ad hoc working groups, and significant help from both policy and technical staff of member organizations to identify the threats and pressures most significant to the South Central Action Area. Final outcomes were discussed in meetings of the entire Caucus Group, and the information below was officially transmitted to the Puget Sound Partnership at the October 2011 meeting of the Ecosystem Coordination Board.

Key Threats/Pressures

The South Central Action Area Caucus Group has identified four priority issues to address key pressures on the South Central Puget Sound ecosystem. The priority issues include:

The South Central Action Area Caucus Group also identified additional ecosystem pressures to address that are of specific importance to the South Central Puget Sound. The priority pressures include:

Opportunities, Priorities, and Near-Term Actions

In addition to the priority pressures identified for the South Central Puget Sound area and the local contributions to the Action Agenda ecosystem targets, the South Central Action Area Caucus Group also developed key themes and recommendations that are fundamental to the strategies and near-term actions (NTAs) described in greater detail below. The key themes and recommendations from the Caucus Group are:

  • Local land use and environmental standards are essential for habitat protection and there is a need for better alignment between state standards and the targets being set for Puget Sound recovery;
  • To effectively deal with pressures and threats, desired outcome and actions will have to be tailored to land uses and development patterns while working toward a Soundwide target;
  • There needs to be a more concerted effort to effectively advocate for federal and state funding (including preserving current funding) for salmon recovery. In addition, there is a need for an integrated funding strategy for Puget Sound with salmon recovery and stormwater as central elements. The strategy should also be aligned with land use and regulatory changes; and
  • To successfully advocate for state and federal funding for stormwater investments in Puget Sound, there needs to be a more refined assessment of total need and priorities across the region for retrofits, operation and maintenance, and source control.

The South Central Action Area Caucus Group identified ten priority strategies, as listed below (in alphabetical order). The ten priority strategies were honed from a more comprehensive list of strategies that were all considered important in addressing the local pressures.

  1. Acquire or protect high-value habitat and land at immediate risk of conversion.
  2. Change Shoreline Management Act (SMA) statutes and regulations to limit residential shoreline armoring and overwater coverage, and promote “green” shoreline replacements.
  3. Develop a strategic funding proposal for habitat restoration and protection priorities.
  4. Fund and implement stormwater retrofits, improvements to operations/maintenance of existing stormwater infrastructure, and additional source control measures.
  5. Implement salmon recovery habitat protection and restoration recommendations.
  6. Incorporate low impact development (LID) requirements into stormwater codes and develop and implement LID incentives.
  7. Keep toxics and excess nutrients out of stormwater runoff and wastewater.
  8. Restore floodplains to recreate ecosystem function.
  9. Restore and protect Local Toxics Control Account funding under the Model Toxics Control Account (MTCA) for local toxics cleanup activities.
  10. Work with local governments to develop and implement policies and regulations that advance Action Agenda implementation.

The South Central Action Area Caucus Group also identified eight near-term actions (NTA)s to support the strategies. These NTA's are listed in the The Action Agenda in South Central Puget Sound (PDF), pages 411-425 of the 2012/2013 Action Agenda for Puget Sound, August 2012.

Updated near-term actions (NTA)s, 2014-2015

The South Central Action Area Caucus identified priorities for ecosystem recovery and Local Near Term Actions (NTAs) contributing to Sound-wide recovery efforts.


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