Health of the Puget Sound
Puget Sound Partnership
In 2007, Democrats and Republicans created the Puget Sound Partnership to coordinate the regional effort to clean up Puget Sound. The Partnership is the backbone organization connecting citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses together to set priorities, implement an Action Agenda for regional recovery, and ensure accountability for results.
The Action Agenda
The Action Agenda is the road map for cleaning up Puget Sound. It establishes recovery targets and lays out a framework for how we can achieve the vision of a healthy Puget Sound and a society where we live and work in productive, vibrant harmony with our natural environment. First published in December 2008, the Action Agenda is a living document intended to be updated every two years to reflect the progress we’ve made, what we’ve learned, and new challenges that arise. Read the latest State of the Sound
Six Goals Set by the State Legislature
- Healthy people are supported by a healthy Puget Sound.
- Our quality of life is sustained by a healthy Puget Sound.
- Puget Sound species and the web of life thrive.
- Puget Sound habitat is protected and restored.
- Puget Sound rivers and streams flow at levels that support people, fish and wildlife.
- Puget Sound marine and fresh waters are clean.
Vital Signs Dashboard
The Puget Sound Partnership measures progress towards the six goals with 21 indicators displayed on the Puget Sound Vital Signs Dashboard. To create the dashboard, the Puget Sound Partnership engaged regional experts and the public in identifying the key ecosystem indicators and pressures that would help identify whether we were making progress in restoring the Sound. In 2011, the Leadership Council adopted targets – specific measures to use as 'Vital Signs' of Puget Sound's health. The indicators and targets have been incorporated into a Dashboard that will serve as a report card on meeting targets.
Sound Behavior Index
Many of our common day-to-day behaviors and practices may seem benign on their own, but when multiplied by 4.5 million residents, their cumulative effects can harm Puget Sound. A crucial step in Puget Sound’s recovery is fostering beneficial behaviors and reducing harmful ones in order to reverse negative trends influenced by human actions.
The Sound Behavior Index is based on a survey conducted every two years among a scientifically selected sample of Puget Sound residents. The survey asks them about specific, measurable, repetitive behaviors that affect water quality and aquatic health. This index also measures social capital, the bonds that bring people together and signify a society’s ability to solve complex issues such as environmental problems.
The Sound Behavior Index distills the region’s environmental performance into a single score, which can be tracked across time. By measuring long-term shifts in behaviors and practices across the Puget Sound region, the index gives policy makers a tool to set priorities for regional and local programs. Download the full report.
Puget Sound Ecosystem Services - Earth Economics
Earth Economics is a non-profit located in Tacoma providing robust, science-based, ecologically sound economic analysis, policy recommendations and tools to positively transform regional, national and international economics, and asset accounting systems.
Working with leading ecologists, economists and modelers, Earth Economics serves a large circle of businesses, non-profits, government agencies, policy makers and media channels with research, reports, presentations, workshops and investigations.
Read the ground breaking economic assessment of the dollar value of Puget Sound ecosystem services.