The main purpose of the Toxics Monitoring Workgroup is to focus similar and closely-related monitoring and assessment efforts for toxics in order to develop a strategic, credible, and efficient approach to tracking the health of the Puget Sound. The workgroup will work to: 1) maximize the overall efficiency and effectiveness of toxics monitoring and assessment across Puget Sound; 2) support the participating organizations’ individual and independent needs for monitoring; and 3) plan for and contribute to meeting the larger regional information needs of the Partnership, tribal, federal, state, and local agencies, and others.
The geographic scope of the Workgroup is Puget Sound, but the Workgroup will engage with colleagues in Canada as needed. The focus of the Workgroup will be on status/trends and diagnostic monitoring and research, but will also include effectiveness and compliance monitoring as appropriate. This would also include exposure and effects assessment related to toxics. The Workgroup will build on existing workgroups (e.g., PSAMP) and have an open membership. The Workgroup would be called the Puget Sound Toxics, Exposure and Effects Workgroup (Toxics Workgroup).
An initial organizing committee met several times to develop a proposed scope and structure for the Toxics Monitoring Work Group. The proposal was presented to the Steering Committee on November 1, which voted in favor of endorsing the formal organization of the Toxics Monitoring Workgroup. The written proposal is attached below. The Toxics Work Group has now been formed and began meeting in March 2012. The membership roster, meeting agendas and related information are below.
Toxics Work Group meeting dates: