Puget Sound Action Plan
Healthy nearshore and floodplain habitat, and good water quality, are critical for salmon and shellfish recovery in Puget Sound. Salmon are integral to the communities, cultures, and customs of Puget Sound. However land-use and development practices in Puget Sound have compromised thousands of acres of quality marine and freshwater habitat. Valuable habitat is declining faster than we can protect it.
Through the Puget Sound Action Plan, agencies are working together to conserve habitat to make sure the benefits of our natural resources are available for coastal communities and future generations. EPA, NOAA Fisheries, the Corps of Engineers, NRCS, USGS, FEMA, and USFWS are collaborating on an enhanced approach to implement the Puget Sound Action Plan to protect and restore habitat throughout Puget Sound for salmon, shellfish, and aquatic ecosystems. We are leveraging our existing Federal partnerships, and reaching out to Western Washington Treaty Tribes and state agencies, because we share a common goal to restore the Sound’s habitat and the species that depend on it.
A Puget Sound Science Team will increase the scientific foundation for monitoring and analysis, and allow for better tracking of progress, setting of priorities, and decision-making. A new Tribal-Federal Habitat Forum provides a venue for Treaty Tribes and Federal agencies to resolve habitat issues impeding salmon recovery within a watershed and/or across the region.
The Puget Sound Action Plan is one component of our nation-wide Habitat Blueprint. NOAA is developing and implementing new habitat-based solutions to support healthy and productive ecosystems. We are expanding partnerships, prioritizing activities, and improving our focus to understand, protect, and restore habitat for the benefit of our living marine resources and coastal communities. Learn more about NOAA's Habitat Blueprint and the Puget Sound Action Plan 89kb.