Program News and Updates

Keeping you informed of the development and implementation of the program

PSEMP Website is MOVING!

posted May 3, 2012, 10:40 AM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated May 3, 2012, 10:50 AM ]

PSEMP is growing, and we have reached the maximum capacity allowed by this website.  To accomodate our growing needs, we have a new website with a new URL.  Please update your bookmarks and find us now at our NEW website:

Steering Committee adopts 2012 Work Plan

posted Feb 15, 2012, 2:30 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 2:30 PM ]

The Steering Committee voted yesterday (Feb 14) to adopt the draft 2012 work plan with revisions discussed during the meeting.  The work plan outlines the major tasks, deliverables, responsible entities, and milestone dates for work to be completed during the remainder of 2012.  A copy of the

Steering Committee commissions two additional Work Groups

posted Dec 20, 2011, 4:29 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated Dec 20, 2011, 4:30 PM ]

On December 15, the Steering Committee heard proposals to commission two additional work groups:  Nearshore, and Birds & Mammals.  Both groups completed initial scoping meetings, and presented outlines of their basic membership, focus, and proposed frameworks.  The Steering Committee voted unanimously in favor of commisioning both groups, giving us a total now of seven commissioned work groups.

Four New Work Groups Officially Commissioned

posted Nov 4, 2011, 3:29 PM by Ken Dzinbal

On November 1, the Steering Committee heard proposals from four of the scoping committees formed following our August meeting.  After a short discussion, the Steering Committee voted unanimously to officially commission these four technical workgroups: 
  • Toxics Work Group
  • Salmon Work Group
  • Marine Water Quality Work Group
  • Food Webs and Forage Fish Work Group
To review the presentation materials and scoping documents presented to the Steering Committee, click on the Steering Committee tab (on the left) and then page down to find the Nov 1 meeting materials. 

Stormwater Work Group officially commissioned; 8 other possible groups will be scoped.

posted Aug 3, 2011, 2:52 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated Aug 3, 2011, 3:13 PM ]

At yesterday's meeting of the Steering Committee, the existing Stormwater Work Group was unanimously accepted as the Program's first "commissioned" work group.  As part of the larger Coordinated Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Stormwater Work Group receives official recognition and consideration by the Steering Committee as a key contributor to ecosystem monitoring efforts and strategies across Puget Sound. 

The Steering Committee also decided to begin scoping up to eight additional monitoring work groups to assess their possible linkages to the Puget Sound Dashboard of Environmental Indicators, existing and potential group composition, current activities, and their interest and readiness to organize an actual work group (among other considerations).  The other possible work group topics to be scoped include (in no priority order):  Marine Water Quality; Freshwater Quality and Streamflow; Salmonids; Freshwater, Riparian and Terrestrial Habitat; Marine Nearshore Habitat; Birds and Mammals; Marine Food Chains and Forage Fish; and Toxics. 

Steering Committee Chair and Vice-Chair Selected

posted Jul 19, 2011, 3:05 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated Jul 19, 2011, 3:14 PM ]

On July 7, the Steering Committee voted to fill two posts: 

Chair of the Steering Committee is Rob Duff, Environmental Assessment Program Manager, Washington Dept of Ecology 
Vice-Chair of the Committee is Kate Litle, Citizen Scientist Coordinator, Washington SeaGrant

As agreed in the By-Laws, Rob and Kate will serve 2-year terms.

Steering Committee Charter and By-Laws Adopted

posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:59 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 10:21 AM ]

On July 7, the Steering Committee met and reviewed draft By-Laws developed by a sub-committee of the full committee.  After a line-by-line review of the draft document and much discussion, the Steering Committee voted to adopt the By-Laws and the Charter (by reference), with edits.  You can find the full (final) Charter and By-Laws posted under the "Steering Committee" tab to the left.

First Steering Committee Meeting held June 6, 2011

posted Jun 8, 2011, 1:25 PM by Ken Dzinbal

The first meeting of the Steering Committee took place on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Center for Urban Waters.  A summary of the meeting, and all of the materials prepared for the meeting, can be found on our Steering Committee Page (click on the link to "Steering Committee" in the side-bar).

Recommendations to the Steering Committee

posted May 26, 2011, 10:10 AM by Ken Dzinbal

The Launch Committee concluded it's work with some final thoughts and recommendations for the new Steering Committee to consider.  Included is a summary of recommendations on the formation of additional Work Groups, as well as some important next steps for the Steering Committee to address.

Initial Steering Committee Meeting Scheduled

posted May 12, 2011, 12:30 PM by Ken Dzinbal   [ updated May 31, 2011, 2:53 PM ]

The first meeting of the Steering Committee for the Puget Sound Coordinated Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program has now been scheduled for Monday, June 6, from 9-12 at the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, WA.

The list of Steering Committee members is attached.

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