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SEAFOOD LUNCH BRIEFING
Thursday, May 24th, Noon to 1:00 PM
188 Russell Senate Building
Puget Sound: A Case Study of Innovations &
Partnerships for Estuary Restoration
Dear Colleague, by now you should have received an invitation to attend a panel presentation and discussion of public-private partnership initiatives and innovations that are contributing to Puget Sound recovery, including stormwater pollution
prevention and salmon habitat restoration. Panelists will share stories providing insights of value to members of Congress, Congressional staff and non-governmental organizations concerned about or engaged in estuary recovery throughout the United States.
Welcome and introductory remarks: Sheida Sahandy, Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnership
- Who lives in Puget Sound? – An evocative, visual presentation about the creatures, people, and economy of Puget Sound.
- What is happening in Puget Sound? (Panel discussion) – Population growth, economic development, environmental degradation, innovation, partnerships, and progress toward recovery and resilience.
Chris Hilton – Chris is the Urban Partnership Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Puget Sound program, where she works to advance new regional strategies to address stormwater pollution and expand the use of green infrastructure in Puget
Sound cities and towns.
Dr. Jen McIntyre – Jen is an aquatic ecotoxicologist and assistant professor at Washington State University. Her work focuses on the effects of stormwater and green stormwater infrastructure on ecosystems, including groundbreaking research
into the impact of stormwater pollution on salmon.
Ryan Mello – Ryan serves as a member of the Tacoma City Council where he chairs the Infrastructure, Planning & Sustainability Committee, the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board, and the Pierce County Flood Control
Zone District Advisory Board. He is also the Executive Director of the Pierce Conservation District, which works with local landowners and public agencies to conserve natural resources.
Jim Wilcox – Jim is a retired dairy farmer and member of the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council. Jim’s career focused on the dairy division of Wilcox Farms. He supported the effort to certify Wilcox Farms as salmon safe and helped
convert much of the farm to organic practices to protect the Nisqually River.
Sheida Sahandy—Sheida was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in January 2014 as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership, the state agency leading the recovery of Puget Sound. Sheida holds a Master of Public Administration
degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University’s School of Law.
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