Over 80 people gathered at the Poulsbo City Hall on March 5th for the West Sound Local Science Seminar, hosted by the West Central Local Integrating Organization (LIO). The LIO hosted the Seminar to help prioritize Near-Term Actions, which the LIO is due to present to the Puget Sound Partnership by fall 2015. The Seminar included 13 presentations on topics affecting the recovery of the west-central Puget Sound. Experts from county government, environmental nonprofit organizations, tribes, and state agencies all spoke about threats to Puget Sound’s ecosystem. In addition, LIO Executive Committee members gave opening remarks and commended the LIO for its work in protecting the Puget Sound.
Seminar participants learned about work to support and recovery specific species, including native oyster restoration, steelhead salmon recovery, mussel monitoring, coho salmon mortality, and eelgrass restoration. Presenters also covered important infrastructure issues, like culvert replacement, shoreline armoring, and green stormwater infrastructure. Other topics included stream preservation, bacterial contamination, the Puget Sound Pressure Assessment and lastly, the connections between Puget Sound recovery and human wellbeing.
After the seminar concluded, members of the LIO’s Working Group gathered to assess how the presentations they heard could inform new Near-Term Actions, which are two-year initiatives to improve the health of Puget Sound. If approved, these NTAs will be included in the 2016 Puget Sound Action Agenda, which is a road map that lays out the work needed to help restore Puget Sound.