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The OGD stakeholder group identified that the most important next step to develop the implementation plan is to establish metrics and prioritization for our watershed-wide goals. The OGD stakeholder group recognizes that we want to maintain autonomy over some components of the implementation plan (e.g., planned actions of individual organizations/jurisdictions), while some components will require broader plans for community engagement and adaptive management before a “decision” can be reached (e.g., measureable goals and desired future conditions at a watershed-scale)

Based on this feedback from the group, we are moving forward with an adaptive management approach to developing the implementation plan. Rather than making formal/final decisions on implementation plan content, the stakeholder group will generate preliminary recommendations to be adapted over time. The online engagement tool (Public Input) could be used to help select preliminary recommendations, while documenting important limitations (e.g., additional stakeholders/communities that need to be consulted and/or additional information that needs to be collected and considered). This will enable us develop and advance an actionable implementation plan.

 

Defining the desired future state for each goal area gives us clarity to set measurable goals, select metrics for tracking progress, and to prioritize our actions under that goal area. Below are the draft future statements based on the content from OGD stakeholder group meetings thus far. Please feel free to provide input and feedback on these draft future statements. They will all be part of the implementation plan we are developing together. 

The future states for goals 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been edited to reflect feedback from the October 10, 2019 stakeholder meeting. They are each labeled as "Version 2". 

This is the first version of the future states for goals 5, 6, and 7. They are each labeled as "Version 1".

Goal 1: Reduce priority toxics and other pollutants discharging to receiving waters.

Future Statement Version 2 (10/10/19): The discharge of toxics and other pollutants will be reduced to the degree that allows existing and future communities to enjoy safe opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, and other recreation in the watershed.

Goal 2: Foster partnerships, broad participation and collaboration among watershed stakeholders and communities.

Future Statement Version 2 (10/10/19): Our Green Duwamish will be the primary source of information relating to stormwater management activities in the watershed, and there will be consensus about the highest priority actions to improve the watershed, through adaptive, integrated watershed management.

Goal 3: Increase access to existing data, research and resources.

Future Statement Version 2 (10/10/19): Our Green Duwamish will provide an accessible and reliable hub for data and research to promote consistent and effective implementation of stormwater management with better informed decisions, outreach tools, and progress tracking systems.

Goal 4: Restore natural hydrologic functions through reduction in uncontrolled stormwater runoff flows.

Future Statement Version 2 (10/10/19): The watershed will have a collaborative and adaptive approach to implementing a prioritized list of actions that restore natural hydrologic functions in ways that benefit the community, fish, and the environment.

Goal 5: Increase innovation in stormwater runoff management.

Future Statement Version 1 (10/10/19): We will have a culture of innovation that is data driven and promotes creative and dynamic solutions to proactive stormwater management practices.

Goal 6: Increase awareness and an understanding of stormwater runoff management.

Future Statement Version 1 (10/10/19): There is a systemic, proactive, and informed approach to stormwater management across institutions with a public that understands, advocates for, and pitches in for stormwater management.

Goal 7: Build a coalition or collaborative entity to carry out the vision for the Green Duwamish watershed wide stormwater strategy.

Future Statement Version 1 (10/10/19): The Our Green Duwamish collaborative is a sustainable, accountable team of organizations that leverage their best qualities to provide trusted recommendations to decision makers for enduring stormwater management strategies in the watershed.