Yesterday’s big announcement in Seattle was the formation of a joint task force chartered with cleaning up and restoring Puget Sound. This task force, funded by Washington State and the EPA to the tune of $124M apiece, will focus primarily on habitat restoration, storm-water management and shellfish sustainability.
The action establishes a new federal Puget Sound task force, including the Navy, Department of Homeland Security, NOAA, Fish and Wildlife Service, “and many others from the federal family that are dedicating their technical assistance, their funding, and their expertise to the Puget Sound,” said Christy Goldfuss, managing director of President Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality.
This is just at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) phase–so we’ll eagerly watch to see how things progress.
We offer our support and congratulations to the State and Tribal advocates who succeeded in getting this to be a priority for the outgoing Obama administration.
Read the full coverage at Crosscut