Coordinated Investment is an effort to increase feedback mechanisms between integrated local teams, working on large scale efforts that integrate farm, fish, flood, and water supply issues, and the diverse regional agency programs that create their operating environment, for the purpose of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of ecosystem management.
The Snohomish Coordinated Investment Network page describes a range of activities and actors that was evaluated as part of pilot work, leading to the pilot improvement projects listed below.
Improvment Project Implementation
- GOVERNANCE - File:Coordinated investment governance A3.docx - a proposal for maintaining accountability for improvement projects.
- FLOOD - File:Flood management forum A3.docx - a proposal for exploring the integration of flood hazard management and ecosystem service restoration mechanisms.
- Culvert Replacement Regulatory Coordination
- DRAINAGE - File:French creek regulatory coordination A3.docx - a proposal for clarifying regulation of agricultural infrastructure in the french slough district, as part of ecosystem recovery
- FUNDING - File:Funding opportunity coordination A3.docx - a proposal for maintaining a shared table of funding opportunities to support integrated planning
- BUDGET - File:Large project budget coordination A3.docx - a proposal to develop application budget standards for large projects to reduce administrative costs
- ACQUISITION - File:Acquisition toolkit A3.docx - a proposal to explore multi-benefit land acquisition opportunities with existing and potential funding sources
STEP 3 - Improvement Project Implementation
- On Nov 30, 2016 the ad hoc committee met and agreed to forward a proposal to existing regional leadership forums to implement some pilot coordination actions.
- SLS prepared a memo to the Ecosystem Coordination Board, Results Washington, and the Puget Sound Federal Task Force making recommendations for implementation of 6 improvement projects and suggesting an ongoing relationship between integrated local efforts and regional leadership. This was followed by a presentation to ECB and a presentation to Results Washington. Results Washington provided a letter promising collaboration in return. ECB staff have followed up with an effort to clarify a shared barrier identification process integrating work by Coordination Investment with work by Floodplains by Design and Puget Sound Partnership's Implementation Strategies.
- File:SLS 2016 Snohomish coordinated investment proposal.pdf - describes four proposals for improving the Snohomish operating environment for ecosystem management, reviewed by the ad hoc Coordinated Investment steering committee and SLS partners. The following draft products were developed for implementation planning.The Ad Hoc Steering Committee has dispersed after approving a request by the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy to regional partners to consider a pilot effort in coordinated investment.
- Those projects have been considered by Results Washington, the Puget Sound Federal Task Force, and the Puget Sound Ecosystem Coordination Board for implementation
STEP 2 - Snohomish Coordinated Investment Network Development 2016
Following a series of interviews with agency programs and local partners a next phase of work aims to implement coordination efforts that maximize the effectiveness of local teams.
- File:Coordinated Investment 2016 agency homework.pdf - an agency by agency rendition of the proposed work plan in the draft proposal below.
- File:Coordinated Investment 2016 draft snohomish proposal.pdf - a four page refinement of the framework, with a proposal for development of coordination infrastructure, and an initial work plan.
- File:Cereghino 2015 coordinated investment snohomish framework.pdf - a continuously revised framework describing eight coordination initiatives anticipated to improve our ability to increase the four most valued ecosystem services.
- File:Cereghino 2015 Snohomish overview map.pdf - a map describing potential focus areas in the lower snohomish landscape.
STEP 1 - Concept Development 2014-15
The following documents were developed between late 2014 and late 2015, and represent a range of conversations about "what does better state-federal coordination look like?". This led to the exploration of a Snohomish County pilot.
- File:Cereghino 2015 coordinated investment concept.pdf provides a series of power point slides used to facilitate a discussion of how we achieve coordinated ecosystem recovery in places.
- File:Cereghino 2015 grant administrative streamlining.docx describes a scope of work for integrating state grant applications as a foundation for regional integrated grant applications. Some of these ideas are being integrated into the Water and Salmon Grant Program Coordination.
- File:Cereghino 2015 coordinated investment vision.pdf is a four page document that defines some of the problems facing ecosystem recovery and some ideas on how to organize effort.
- An Initial response to the vision document was provided by NWIFC staff in File:NWIFC 2015 DRAFT coordinated investment recommendations.pdf
- File:Cereghino et al 2015 coordinated investment framework.pdf is a simplification of the vision document to rally clarity, and suggests eight concepts that could structure inter-agency coordination with empowered local workgroups.
- File:Cereghino 2015 coordinated investment one page.pdf provides a one page synthesis of the coordinated investment vision and project as of June 2015, and indicates a focus on testing the concepts in the Lower Snohomish basin.
- Oregon has developed an effort with very similar qualities called Oregon Solutions
- Some of the concepts of ecosystem sites and associated ecosystem mapping suggest a scale for coordinated investment
- CI is being most actively pursued on the federal side by NOAA, USFWS, EPA, NRCS, USACE and FEMA, and on the state side by PSP, WDFW, WDOE, WCC, RCO, WDNR, and WDA.