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The Puget Sound-Georgia Basin watershed extends from the Campbell River in northern British Columbia, Canada, to the Nisqually River in Central Western Washington in the U.S. Today's governments - local, tribal, state, provincial and federal - acknowledge the need to work across political boundaries. Numerous initiatives and agreements support cross-border cooperation at all levels. By continuing to work together we can meet our common challenges for the future of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership was created in 2007 by the Washington State legislature to help restore and protect Puget Sound. The Partnership's Action Agenda is a roadmap for managing the health of Puget Sound, and has been approved by EPA as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Puget Sound under the EPA’s National Estuary Program.

US/Canada Partnerships

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Federal Caucus

The Puget Sound Federal Caucus is made up of 15 federal agencies which have entered into a to better integrate, organize and focus federal efforts in the Puget Sound ecosystem. Through the Caucus, EPA and other member agencies are aligning resources and strengthening federal coordination on Puget Sound protection, science, recovery, resource management and outreach efforts.

Which federal agencies participate in the Caucus?

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • National Resource Conservation Service
  • Navy Region Northwest
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Forest Service

What does the Caucus do?

Caucus members are actively involved in helping the Puget Sound Partnership implement the steps outlined in its 2020 Action Agenda for restoring the health of Puget Sound. Through the Caucus, member agencies are also:

  • Developing a joint work plan to help implement high priority tasks identified in the Action Agenda;
  • Participating on the Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystem Coordination Board and Science Panel;
  • Meeting on a regular basis with Puget Sound Tribes to ensure their concerns and interests are considered and addressed in the plans and actions of the Partnership;
  • Sharing information about protecting and restoring aquatic and upland habitats that help with the recovery of at-risk species;
  • Sharing information about research and monitoring activities that are important to the restoration of the Puget Sound.

For more information about the Caucus:

  • Contact: Angela Bonifaci (bonifaci.angela@epa.gov)
    Puget Sound Federal Caucus Interim Chair

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Other Partners

Partnerships are essential to the historical and future success of ecosystem improvements in the Puget Sound. Visit the links below to find out more about our partners and how to get involved.

The following links may provide helpful information and are located outside the EPA.gov domain.

Provincial and state partners

Regional partners

Nongovernmental organization partners

Washington Tribes

Canadian Coast Salish First Nations

For additional information on the First Nations of British Columbia, visit the BC First Nations, Tribal Councils and Treaty Officesor British Columbia First Nations.

Aitchelitz First Nation
Beecher First Nation
Tsleil Waututh First Nation
Chawathil First Nation
Cheam First Nation
Chehalis First Nation
Chemainus First Nation
Cowichan Tribes
Douglas First Nation
Esquimalt First Nation
Halalt First Nation
Homalco First Nation
Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
Katzie First Nation
Klahoose First Nation
Kwantlen First Nation
Kwayhquitlum First Nation
Leq' á:mel First Nation
Lake Cowichan First Nations
Lyackson First Nations
Malahat First Nation
Matsqui First Nation
Musqueam First Nation
Nanaimo First Nation
Nanoose First Nation
New Westminster First Nation
Pacheedaht First Nation
Pauquachin First Nation
Penelakut First Nation
Peters First Nation
Skowkale First Nation
Popkum First Nation
Qualicum First Nation
Scowlitz First Nation
Seabird Island Band
Sechelt First Nation
Semiahmoo First Nation
Skawahlook First Nation
Skwah First Nation
Shxwhá:y Indian Band
Sliammon First Nation
Songhees First Nation
Soowahlie Band
Squamish First Nation
Squiala First Nation
Stó:lo Nation Canada

Tsartlip First Nation
Tsawout First Nation
Tsawwassen First Nation
Tseycum First Nation
T'Souke First Nation
Union Bar First Nation
Yakweakwioose First Nation

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