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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

Apr 15, 2018 Linda DiMaggio
Apr 14, 2018 jenn barlet
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
Apr 2, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 2, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Apr 1, 2018 Norma sandler STOP THIS HORROR!
Mar 30, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 30, 2018 Wendy Forster
Mar 30, 2018 Tallyana Knight
Mar 29, 2018 Susan Martin So, so sad and disgusting! Whoever is doing this needs to be put in prison and severely fined! It needs to stop immediately before marine life suffers any further than they already do, and all due to humans, greed, and lack of conscience these ppl have.
Mar 29, 2018 Helio de Souza
Mar 29, 2018 Barbara Greenwood
Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Chi
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 29, 2018 Leann Leo-Amato
Mar 28, 2018 Leanne Keane
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Corinne Myers
Mar 26, 2018 anu deepak
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 M R Wood
Mar 25, 2018 Erin Sackmann
Mar 25, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 25, 2018 tammy bullock
Mar 25, 2018 Christine Meek
Mar 25, 2018 Lola Pretto
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Mar 25, 2018 susan shawket
Mar 25, 2018 Sarah O’Malley
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Allen
Mar 25, 2018 Danielle Mottley
Mar 24, 2018 Joann Henderson

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