The overall goal of the National Estuary Program is to attain and maintain water quality in designated estuaries that would assure protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish and wildlife and allows recreational activities
in and on the water.
Puget Sound has been designated as an estuary of National Significance under section 320 of the Clean Water Act.
The goal of all 28 National Estuary Programs is to attain and maintain water quality in designated estuaries that would assure protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish and wildlife and allows recreational activities in and on the water.
The goal of the Puget Sound National Estuary Program, i.e., the Puget Sound Partnership, approved Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) (the 2020 Action Agenda) is to restore and maintain the Puget Sound Estuary"s estuarine environment, by 2020, so that it will support balanced indigenous populations of shellfish, fish and wildlife and support the extensive list of recognized uses of Puget Sound.
In the FFY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Puget Sound restoration funds are provided to develop and implement programs that will help meet the Clean Water Act goal of improved water quality as well as improved air quality and minimization of the adverse impacts of rapid development in the Puget Sound Basin, including activities linked to nonpoint sources or habitat restoration work.
Programs and projects would promote the use of comprehensive watershed protection and management practices at the local level to achieve nonpoint source pollution reduction and protection and restoration of habitat and aquatic resources in watersheds that are subject to the pressures of development and growth.
By 2011, EPA Region 10, working with its key state, tribal and local partners have committed to attaining the following environmental outcomes for the Puget Sound Basin through 2011:
-1,000 acres of shellfish bed growing areas, currently impacted by degraded or declining water quality, show improved water quality and corresponding lifting of harvest restrictions;
-200 acres of prioritized contaminated sediments are remediated and upstream source controls are put in place;
-3,500 acres of tidally or seasonally influenced estuarine wetlands are restored and protected;
In addition, by 2011, we are committed to protecting and improving water quality and minimizing the adverse impacts of rapid development in the Puget Sound Basin.
These commitments include protecting the watersheds and waters of Puget Sound by protecting the fundamental watershed processes that provide and create aquatic habitats and by reducing the generation and release of toxic, nutrient and pathogen pollution.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2010: A priority for the 2020 Action Agenda and the priority for FFY 2010 under this CDFA is to provide assistance to units of local government, special purpose districts and tribal governments working to develop, demonstrate and use innovative land use management tools to manage and minimize the potential adverse effects of population and economic growth on their communities" water quality and aquatic habitat.
A second and equally important priority for FFY 2010 is to provide financial assistance to local government, special purpose district and tribal government efforts to implement the near-term priorities of the 2020 Action Agenda.
For example, under the state"s Shoreline Management Program, many local governments play a key role in implementing the Action Agenda.
These local governments will be updating their respective shoreline master programs to incorporate the directions of the Action Agenda and improve them based on the experiential knowledge that local governments have developed since these programs were last revised.
In this instance, this funding would be intended to help local governments develop an updated Shoreline Master Program that are fully integrated with their program or programs to manage the affected watersheds.