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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) co-lead an ecosystem study of the Puget Sound called the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP). The study commenced in federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 and is scheduled to conclude in FY 2012. The purpose of the study is to evaluate significant ecosystem degradation in the Puget Sound Basin; to formulate, evaluate, and screen potential solutions to these problems; and to recommend a series of actions and projects to restore and preserve critical nearshore habitat. The second phase of work, which will entail implementing process-based restoration projects, will commence when the study is completed and federal and state restoration funds are dedicated for necessary projects. These projects will be carried out to improve the integrity and resilience of ecosystem processes and to promote environmental and human health and well being.
Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership