Proposed Abstract Title

The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program

Presenter/Author Information

Ken Dzinbal, Puget Sound PartnershipFollow

Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

General engagement topics

Location

2016SSEC

Description

The responsibility for environmental monitoring in Puget Sound is distributed across dozens of different agencies, organizations, tribes, citizen groups, and others. Consequently, monitoring data are widely distributed, programs are separately managed, and reporting and assessment functions are dispersed. In 2011, the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program was chartered to create a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent approach to regional monitoring and assessment that builds upon and facilitates communication among these many monitoring programs and efforts operating across the region. PSEMPS’s objective is to assess the condition and changes over time of the Puget Sound ecosystem as well as the effectiveness of recovery actions, strategies, and programs. PSEMP does this by providing a venue for collaboration, coordination, collective guidance, communication and discussion among monitoring agencies and organizations operating at different scales to meet a variety of goals and objectives. PSEMP is organized around a Steering Committee and twelve topical work groups spanning the majority of ecosystem components and monitoring efforts. PSEMP operates as a semi-independent collaborative body that is housed within the Puget Sound Partnership. PSEMP’s organizational structure and relationship to the main Puget Sound policy boards is illustrated graphically, and several examples of PSEMP products and publications are described.

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The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program

2016SSEC

The responsibility for environmental monitoring in Puget Sound is distributed across dozens of different agencies, organizations, tribes, citizen groups, and others. Consequently, monitoring data are widely distributed, programs are separately managed, and reporting and assessment functions are dispersed. In 2011, the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program was chartered to create a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent approach to regional monitoring and assessment that builds upon and facilitates communication among these many monitoring programs and efforts operating across the region. PSEMPS’s objective is to assess the condition and changes over time of the Puget Sound ecosystem as well as the effectiveness of recovery actions, strategies, and programs. PSEMP does this by providing a venue for collaboration, coordination, collective guidance, communication and discussion among monitoring agencies and organizations operating at different scales to meet a variety of goals and objectives. PSEMP is organized around a Steering Committee and twelve topical work groups spanning the majority of ecosystem components and monitoring efforts. PSEMP operates as a semi-independent collaborative body that is housed within the Puget Sound Partnership. PSEMP’s organizational structure and relationship to the main Puget Sound policy boards is illustrated graphically, and several examples of PSEMP products and publications are described.