Puget Sound Partnership

From Cara Ianni:

Happy New Year ECO Net!This email is chock-full of LOTS of information and opportunities to inspire you in this new year.  In this email:*                    FREE Volunteer Management Training for ECO Net!

*                    BMP Prioritization Workshop, Feb 3rd in Edmonds

*                    Watershed Review Results

*                    Stormwater Related Resources

*                    And finally…some Funding Opportunities

FREE Volunteer Management Training for ECO Net!

Do you work or interact with volunteers? Are you curious about how to RECRUIT, RETAIN, and MANAGE your volunteers more effectively? Do you struggle constantly with the “problem child” volunteer? Are you unsure of how to resolve the situation without losing that volunteer, or when it may be best to part company?

Marjorie Trachtman is here to help answer these questions and many more! Ms. Trachtman has over 25 years of experience with volunteer engagement in both the public and private sectors, and holds the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential, the only internationally-recognized certification in the field of volunteer engagement. She led a 75-minute session at the ECO Net Summit and she is pleased at the opportunity to lead additional trainings for our ECO Net members.

We are hosting four FREE trainings focused on volunteer engagement. Space is limited to 30 attendees per training, filled on a first-come, first-served basis:

*  Mt. Vernon: Friday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 6.

*  Seattle: Friday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 13.

*  Olympia: Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday Feb. 20.

*  Bremerton: Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, March 6

To Register: Email alexandra.doty@psp.wa.gov<mailto:alexandra.doty@psp.wa.gov> with the following information by the registration date listed above:

1)                  Full Name

2)                  Email

3)                  Phone

4)                  Organization

5)                  ECO Net(s) you are a member of

6)                  Training date and location (see above)

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Doty at the email listed above.  (And thanks to Alexandra for coordinating these trainings!)

BMP Prioritization Workshop, Feb 3rd in Edmonds:

PSP is seeking participants for our interdisciplinary workshop to complete the regional prioritization of individual and residential-scale Best Management Practices (BMPs) affecting salmon recovery. (This workshop is being rescheduled from an original date in December 2014.) The work of this interdisciplinary group will  be combined with the technical scores compiled in September to achieve a comprehensive ranked list of BMPs for our region.
Interdisciplinary workshop participants should be well acquainted with the social aspects of implementing BMPs.  We are requesting those people conducting on the ground efforts to apply BMPs and/or those familiar with the reception of these practices by intended audiences.  In addition, we are looking for mass media and social marketing experts, as well as those with experience in legislative and regulatory approaches.
This workshop will be held in Edmonds on Tuesday, February 3 from 10am-1pm.  Please find a draft agenda attached, which also includes a description of the overall BMP prioritization process.  All interested parties should RSVP to Leah Kintner via email or phone by January 27: leah.kintner@psp.wa.gov<mailto:leah.kintner@psp.wa.gov> or 360.464.2010.

Watershed Review Results:

In the 2014 supplemental budget, the Legislature allocated $71K to PSP to “…collaborate with interested parties to review the roles of local watershed and salmon recovery organizations implementing the action agenda and provide legislative, budgetary, and administrative recommendations to streamline and strengthen Puget Sound recovery efforts.”  The Partnership submitted recommendations on December 1, 2014, and attached you will find a summary of these recommendations.  The full report can be found on our homepage under the “Puget Sound Partnership Response to Operating Budget Watershed Proviso” section: www.psp.wa.gov<http://www.psp.wa.gov>

Stormwater Related Resources:

*                    Salish Sea Currents online magazine has a new article: Stormwater Fixes could cost Billions. Pollution from stormwater has been called one of the greatest threats to Puget Sound. But how much will it cost to hold back the rain? A new EPA-funded study says the price could reach billions per year, a figure that dwarfs current state and federal allocations.  Find the entire article here: http://www.eopugetsound.org/magazine/stormwater

*                    Ecology issues final modified Phase I and Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits: The Washington State Department of Ecology issued the final modified Phase I and Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits on December 17, 2014. The modified permits become effective on January 16, 2015.  For more information see: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/permitMod2014.html

*                    Free Low Impact Development (LID) technical trainings: The Washington State Department of Ecology is hosting a series of FREE LID technical trainings through June 2015. Training is designed to help the state adapt to new Low Impact Development (LID) NPDES municipal stormwater permit requirements Trainings will be offered throughout the state at three levels – Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced – and will cover multiple LID topics.  Upcoming training include one on 1/21/15 in Olympia and 1/26/15 in Poulsbo.  For more information see: http://www.wastormwatercenter.org/lidswtrainingprogram/

*                    Super Fun Stormwater Video for Kids: Check out this video from fellow ECO Net member Rodney Raccoon.  You should sing along!  See it here: http://youtu.be/TV-abXQXdBQ

And finally…some Funding Opportunities:

*                    Upcoming 2015 Grant Solicitation for Improving Land Use Management in Puget Sound Watersheds:  This funding is for projects that use a landscape-scale approach to improve watershed management and land use descriptions so that the type, location and design of development or re-development focuses on protecting and restoring key areas critical to maintaining the integrity of watershed processes in the Puget Sound area. An informational meeting and on the application process will be held in person in Lacey and via webinar on January 29th from 10am to 1pm. Applications are due by April 20, 2015.  For more information see: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/puget_sound/grants_fed_watershed.html
*                    BoatU.S. Grassroots Grants: The BoatU.S. Foundation awards nonprofit organizations for the promotion of safe and clean boating education.  The foundation is looking for creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways.  The deadline for application is January 15, 2015.  For more information see: http://www.boatus.org/grants/
*                    Imagine Your Parks: This grant initiative is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service to celebrate the intersections between the two agencies.  Grants will support art projects that encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art around the National Park System.  See the website for complete details.  The next deadlines for application is February 19, 2015. For more information see: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/nea-nps-funding-collaboration
*                    North American Native Fishes Association Grant: The North American Native Fishes Association’s Gerald C. Corcoran Education Grant funds projects to educate the general public about native North American fishes and their environments.  The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2015. For more information see: http://www.nanfa.org/corcoran.shtml

Cara Ianni
ECO Net Coordinator

P 360.464.2005 | C 360.489.2113