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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 meeting thus far. Please provide input and feedback on these draft future statments, and we will be discussing them further in our next OGD stakeholder group meeting. These will all be part of the implementation plan we are developing together.  

Goal 1: Reduce priority toxics and other pollutants discharging to receiving waters. Future Statement: In five years there will be a documented trend of reduced toxics and pollutants discharging to the Lower Duwamish Waterway and Elliott Bay from the Green/Duwamish River watershed. In 30 years, the discharge of toxics and other pollutants will be reduced to the degree that allows for an abundance of safe recreation opportunities in the watershed, including fishing, swimming, and boating.
Goal 2: Foster partnerships, broad participation and collaboration among watershed stakeholders and communities. Future Statement: In five years, Our Green Duwamish will be the primary source of information relating to stormwater management activities in the watershed. In 30 years, there will be widespread consensus across agencies about the highest priority actions to improve the watershed, and active efforts to implement these ideas through integrated watershed management.
Goal 3: Increase access to existing data, research and resources. Future Statement: In five years, Our Green Duwamish will provide an accessible and thorough hub for data and research relating to stormwater management in the watershed. In 30 years, the information gathered in the first five years will be used to promote uniform 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: In five years we will have a prioritized list of the actions that will have the biggest impact on restoring natural hydrologic function in the watershed. In 30 years there will be a systemic approach to control all stormwater runoff events from developed landscapes to embrace natural hydrologic systems that benefit the community and the environment. Future Statement: In five years we will have a prioritized list of the actions that will have the biggest impact on restoring natural hydrologic function in the watershed. In 30 years there will be a systemic approach to control all stormwater runoff events from developed landscapes to embrace natural hydrologic systems that benefit the community and the environment.