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Puget Sound is a sound along the northwestern coast of Washington state. This complex estuarine system extends from the Pacific Ocean to Olympia, WA and is extremely deep with an average depth of 450 feet.

This unique system of waterways and basins is a key point for international shipping, as it is home to the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, as well as the port countless recreational vessels along the Sound's shores.

But Puget Sound is also home to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. These majestic creatures share the waters with countless fish, shellfish, and humans seeking a relaxing swim.

But there's something foul going on in these waters.

Current federal law allows vessels in Puget Sound to discharge partially treated sewage within three miles of shore, and untreated sewage if they are beyond three miles. This unmitigated dumping of human waste into the Sound is decimating orca habitat and poisoning the waters, making beaches unclean and shellfish unsafe for human consumption.

Washington State's Department of Ecology, along with other Washington state agencies, is pushing the EPA to declare the 2,300 square miles of the Puget Sound a "no-discharge zone." This designation would prohibit the discharge of any sewage, treated or untreated, from any vessel in Puget Sound no matter how far from shore.

This federal designation is critical to restore the health of the region and protecting this beautiful region from being poisoned by careless waste disposal. Do your part by signing this petition and letting the EPA know that you support the "No-Discharge Zone" designation for Puget Sound!

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To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:

I am writing to express my support for the State of Washington's petition to designate the Puget Sound as a "No-Discharge Zone."

Puget Sound is a large, beautiful series of waterways, channels, and basins that supports a diverse array of life within Washington. From people and shellfish to sea lions and Southern Resident orcas, all forms of life in Washington depend on the sound.

But vessels, both commercial and recreational, are poisoning these precious waters by dumping human waste into the Sound's waters, actions which are currently permitted under federal law. Meanwhile, the Sound's diverse ecosystem suffers as this toxic waste poisons the waters and even makes much of the local shellfish unsafe for human consumption.

The federal government's choice to permit the dumping of human waste into the Sound is destroying our precious ecosystem.

Now, you have the opportunity to restore life and health Puget Sound. Please, side with the Washington State Department of Ecology and instate the "No-Discharge Zone" for Puget Sound.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 24, 2018 Cynthia von Schlehenried
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Susie Warner
May 22, 2018 Alexander Goodrich
May 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 22, 2018 Patti Challis
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
May 21, 2018 VIKKI STEINRAUF
May 21, 2018 Svetlana Krikunenko
May 21, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
May 21, 2018 Melissa Masters
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 Lily Wong
May 18, 2018 Kimberly Worman
May 16, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 15, 2018 Victoria Oakey
May 15, 2018 David Andrews
May 14, 2018 Ethelyn Barksdale
May 14, 2018 Catherine D.
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 laura Haworth
May 4, 2018 Mary McAuliffe
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 23, 2018 Maria Stonestreet
Apr 23, 2018 Jan Clare
Apr 22, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 15, 2018 Linda DiMaggio
Apr 14, 2018 jenn barlet
Apr 13, 2018 Donna Long STOP ANIMAL ABUSE EVERYWHERE!
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Oscar Landé
Apr 9, 2018 Flossie Pruitt
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 7, 2018 Haley Lavris
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Fabian Müller
Apr 5, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Michele Anthony

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