Puget Sound Federal Task Force
On September 30, 2016, nine federal agencies and cabinet departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating the Puget Sound Federal Task Force. The purpose of the MOU is to:
Strengthen coordination among federal agencies.
- Strengthen intergovernmental coordination of federal actions with tribal, state, and local governments as well as with private efforts.
- Strengthen the integration of federal activities in the Puget Sound Action Agenda.
- Strengthen the federal contribution of scientific and technical expertise.
- Contribute to fulfilling federal trust responsibilities to Puget Sound federally recognized tribal governments.
- Create a standing federal venue through which to share information.
On January 18, 2017, the National Puget Sound Task Force reviewed and accepted the Interim Draft of the Puget Sound Federal Task Force Action Plan FY 2017-2021. The purpose of the Puget Sound Federal Task Force Action Plan is to contribute toward realizing a shared vision of a healthy and sustainable Puget Sound ecosystem by leveraging federal programs across agencies and coordinating diverse programs on a specific suite of priorities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Administrator and NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Administrator co-chair the Task Force’s Regional Leadership Team, and senior NOAA Fisheries staff represent the agency on the Regional Implementation Team.
The Puget Sound Action Agenda as well as salmon recovery and tribal habitat plans and priorities are the foundations of the Federal Task Force Action Plan.
The Draft Action Plan is now posted on EPA’s website on behalf of the Puget Sound Task Force member agencies. There may be formatting or other changes that are needed in the weeks/months ahead, which EPA will make on the website version of the Action Plan.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Babcock at 206-526-4505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorandum of Understanding, Signed Oct. 2016
Acceptance letter; U.S. EPA, Signed Jan. 2017