Jeff welcomed the approximately 350 attendees to the event. He thanked the folks that helped to organize the day. He also mentioned to people that there is a new organization forming in the South Sound to bring together the elected officials from the four counties that touch the South Sound (Mason, Kitsap, Thurston and Pierce), the three Tribes (Squaxin, Nisqually and Puyallup), and other agencies and organizations. The purpose of this organization will be to be a coordinating, policy making body for the sustainable management of South Puget Sound. There will be an official launch of this new organization on December 17th.