Puget Sound has been designated an estuary of National Significance under ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§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 and projects 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 projects.
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;
The Puget Sound Protection and Restoration: Tribal Implementation Assistance Program is aimed at assisting the Indian Tribes of the greater Puget Sound basin in their efforts to carry out work critically needed for Puget Sound protection and restoration.
Work that is critically needed for Puget Sound protection and restoration includes activities identified in, or consistent with, the Puget Sound Action Agenda, which is the EPA approved Comprehensive Conservation and Management Program (CCMP) for the Puget Sound National Estuary under ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§320 of the Clean Water Act.
These activities include, but are not limited to, work called for by established salmon recovery plans in the Puget Sound basin.
EPA has a trust responsibility to Federally recognized Indian Tribes in the region.
EPA also recognizes that Federally recognized Indian Tribes in the greater Puget Sound basin have a critical role in the protection and restoration of the ecosystem and its resources.
EPA seeks to provide financial assistance to these Tribes to help them finance implementation of priority strategies and actions in or consistent with the approved ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â§320 CCMP for Puget Sound including, but not limited to, projects called for by established salmon recovery plans.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2010: The priority for funding in FFY 2010 will be noncompetitively awarded Cooperative Agreements with each Puget Sound Tribe and each recognized intertribal consortium to support their efforts to consult with and coordinate with the Puget Sound Partnership in the implementation and updating of the CCMP for Puget Sound.