Local Integrating Organization (LIO) Current Priorities

2018 Action Agenda Update

2018 Action Agenda (AA): The planning process has begun for the 2018 Action Agenda Update. Due to a change in the statute, the 2018 Action Agenda will be a four year document rather than a two year document, covering the years 2018-2022. Please visit the Puget Sound Partnership website for more information. 

The Puget Sound Partnership has released the draft solicitation for Near Term Actions to include in the 2018 AA Update. The final solicitation will be distributed in September 2017. Regional priorities for 2018 and on are in development and Local Context is actively being integrated. The Sno-Stilly LIO will be hosting an NTA Refinement Workshop on March 14, 2017.

The NTAs being reviewed by the Sno-Stilly LIO can be found below. LIO members will be coordinating with Puget Sound Wide NTA owners to determine a subset of sound-wide NTAs to review in late April. The list of sound wide NTAs has yellow highlighting to indicate LIO partners proposing sound-wide NTAs. If you do not see your NTA or an NTA you are interested in on one of these lists, please visit PSP’s Near Term Action Preregistration webpage for a complete list of the 805 NTAs submitted for preregistration. Please notify, Jessica Hamill, LIO Coordinator of any NTAs that have been left off one of the LIO lists.

2016 Action Agenda Update

 The Puget Sound Action Agenda is considered the “roadmap” for restoring the environmental health of Puget Sound by 2020, as it outlines regional strategies and specific actions that must be implemented over the next two years to stay on track toward recovery. First produced in 2008, the Action Agenda identifies priorities and opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private entities to invest resources and coordinate recovery actions. The Puget Sound Action Agenda also serves as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for estuaries of national significance.

The Puget Sound Partnership, the state agency that leads the region’s recovery efforts, coordinated the 2016 Action Agenda update. The update focused on three Strategic Initiatives: (1) prevent pollution from stormwater runoff, (2) protect and restore habitat, and (3) recover shellfish beds. The Sno-Stilly LIO contributed to the 2016 update by submitting a list of local priority projects – called “near term actions,” or NTAs (PDF) – aligned with the three Strategic Initiatives. View a detailed explanation of the process PSP and the LIO's followed to develop the 2016 Near-Term Action (PDF).

News: On June 29, 2016, the Puget Sound Leadership Council adopted the 2016 Action Agenda for Puget Sound.

Five-Year Ecosystem Recovery Plan

In March 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, announced a new funding distribution model for National Estuary Program (NEP) funds supporting Puget Sound recovery. The timeline for this model aligns with the 2016 Puget Sound Action Agenda update. Under the new funding model, funding streams for local projects will be consolidated through the LIOs and the LIOs are required to complete a Five-Year Ecosystem Recovery Plan for their local watersheds. The plans will guide improvements to local ecosystems as well as contribute to the overall recovery of Puget Sound. There will also be regional funding to support Near Term Actions (NTAs) that address habitat, stormwater and shellfish.

The Snohomish Stillaguamish LIO submitted their Final Ecosystem Recovery Plan (PDF) to Puget Sound Partnership on June 30, 2017.

2016 Near Term Actions

The Snohomish-Stillaguamish LIO approved 39 local NTAs for inclusion in the 2016 Puget Sound Action Agenda. For 2016-17, the Strategic Initiative Leads recommended funding two stormwater projects, two shellfish projects, and four habitat projects. The Sno-Stilly LIO chose two NTAs to receive their initial direct funding allocation of $100,000. They were able to fully fund one habitat NTA and partially fund another. With their additional $100,000 direct allocation, they chose to fully fund a stormwater project. The local NTAs that have received funding through the LIO solicitation and the amounts are outlined below.


For more information, see the Puget Sound report card below or contact LIO coordinator, Jessica Hamill via email.

Report Card