Puget Sound Partnership taking a low profile this year?

*1/27/10 Tacoma News Tribune
Puget Sound Partnership plans light session
ROB CARSON; Staff writer

The state agency charged with restoring the health of Puget Sound by 2020 is keeping its head down this legislative session.

The Puget Sound Partnership is putting its political muscle behind just two bills, neither of which proposes strong proactive action on major problems facing the Sound.

David Dicks, the Partnership’s executive director, laid out the agency’s strategy for the session to a board of the agency’s top advisers last week in Olympia.

…. “It’s always the same story: ‘It’s not the right time,’” said David Troutt, natural resources director for the Nisqually Indian tribe. “We need to stop the bleeding now. There is absolutely no reason we should not be doing something right now.”

Kathy Fletcher, executive director of the environmental group, People for Puget Sound, also expressed frustration.

“What’s the partnership’s proactive strategy?” she demanded.

Dicks asked for patience.

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