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– From Gov. Jay Inslee
“White House, Washington state and federal leaders announce major new initiatives for Puget Sound recovery”
“[On Tuesday, October 18] officials from the Obama administration and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Reps. Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen announced new federal actions to help protect and recover the health of Puget Sound, one of the nation’s largest estuaries. These actions demonstrate a firm commitment from the federal government to help restore Puget Sound, and are similar to federal actions taken in recent years to protect other large aquatic ecosystems, such as the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.”
“Too often, conversations in Washington, DC, on restoring America’s waterways start with the Chesapeake Bay and end with the Great Lakes. Today we are pushing our nation’s conservation priorities westward and bringing attention to Puget Sound, the iconic estuary that is part of our national identity and the heart of the Pacific Northwest. With this announcement, we are reaffirming that Puget Sound recovery will be a central part of our federal government’s conservation priorities moving forward. I look forward to working with our next president and Congress to provide the necessary resources to save our Sound.”
Congressman Denny Heck, co-chair of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus
Read more from Gov. Jay Inslee’s news release.
– From The White House, Washington, D. C.
“Taking Action to Protect the Puget Sound Watershed”
“Today, we’re announcing new steps to protect and restore the Puget Sound watershed.”
“Encompassing 8 million acres of rivers, bays, beaches and shorelines, the Puget Sound watershed in Washington State serves as an economic and cultural hub for the region’s more than 4.7 million people, including 19 federally recognized tribes. The Sound’s stunning natural beauty — including three national parks, a national monument, as well as numerous national forests, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas — provides critical habitat for hundreds of fish, birds, and marine species, including 13 marine mammals such as harbor seals and orcas.
A healthy Puget Sound provides key economic, cultural and ecological benefits, and serves as the cornerstone of the region’s high quality of life. That’s why today we’re announcing a new action to protect and restore the Puget Sound watershed through the establishment of a Federal Puget Sound Task Force and the release of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) directing federal agency restoration activities in the Puget Sound region,” by Christy Goldfuss, The White House.