Invitation to LIO Meeting November 5

November 2, 2015 by islandersvoice1

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What is the San Juan Local Integrating Organization? by Linda Lyshall, District Manager, San Juan Islands Conservation District

The San Juan Local Integrating Organization (LIO) will host a public meeting to review preliminary proposals for San Juan LIO Near Term Actions for the 2016/17 Puget Sound Action Agenda on November 5, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, WA.

The San Juan LIO was created in 2010 for the purpose of working with the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) towards the goal of Puget Sound recovery. The San Juan LIO is one of nine LIOs throughout Puget Sound, recognized by the PSP, a state agency with the goal of overseeing the restoration of environmental health of Puget Sound under RCW 90.71.210.

The San Juan LIO brings together existing committees, governmental and non-government organizations, county agencies, tribes, and academia that coordinate actions to protect and restore the San Juan Islands’ ecosystem. Together, representatives from these organizations set priorities, design local near-term actions, and locate and coordinate funds to implement those actions. These actions become part of the PSP’s Action Agenda, which is the regional plan for Puget Sound recovery.

Near-term actions address prevention of oil spills, protecting water quality from pollutants in stormwater runoff, and restoring salmon habitat, among others. The Action Agenda is updated every two years as actions are completed and new ideas and next steps are put forth. The current update is underway and the San Juan LIO is interested in hearing from local citizens about what is important to them.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information regarding the LIO, please see the San Juan LIO website at http://www.sanjuanlio.com or contact Megan Johnston at mjohnston@triangleassociates.com or 206-583-0655.

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