State LawDirects state agencies to:1. Compile and incorporate spatial data into current plans. 2. Develop guidance on the operation and siting of renewable energy facilities. 3. Conduct comprehensive marine spatial planning for all of Washington’s waters.Amendments to law in April 2012.
Core principles: content and process Photo: Katie Lassiter Photo:Katie Lassiter
Report to legislature (Jan. 2011)General recommendations for how the state should proceed with MSP, including:• Renewable energy as key driver• Separate plans for large regions: Pacific Coast, Puget Sound, Columbia River• Goals and objectives• Data standards, tools & management
More complexity:Federal and Tribal Governments Source: NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
MSP Coordination Advisory Body Science General State Ocean Forum Public Caucus (State agencies) Tribes Federal and Ocean Local Sovereigns Governments Council
Opportunities• Initial funding • Some capacity• High interest and engagement• Existing and new governance structures• Political will ‐‐ legal mandate• Time ‐‐ no pending developers or projects• Strategy underway
Challenges• No stable funding and limited capacity• Communication• Managing expectations• Establishing a common understanding of law, outcomes and process (Why? How?)• Large area(s)• Time ‐ Less urgent driver(s)• Timing – Demonstrate success
More informationhttp://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/msp/ Contact : Jennifer.Hennessey@ecy.wa.gov 360‐407‐6595