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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


Jan 14, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 8, 2018 Daisy Costa
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott These iconic and beloved mammals provide a huge boost to our local economy here in western WA. We must do whatever we can to save these amazing animals.
Dec 30, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 27, 2017 Suzanne Ursula lebon STOP KILLING OUR PLANET!
Dec 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Dragana Stajic
Dec 14, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Dec 12, 2017 Petra Jones
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 1, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Terri Robb
Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 G D
Nov 19, 2017 Nicholas Chatfield
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Nov 18, 2017 Dolores Herrmann
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Dora Minshull
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 Tara Spires
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle All our waterways need to be kept clean for the sake of the marine life living there as well as consumers of fish and shellfish.
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Bonnie Svec
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Raimondo
Nov 11, 2017 Joni Armstrong
Nov 11, 2017 Sondra Bustos
Nov 9, 2017 Paula Lall
Nov 9, 2017 Mary Whitcomb
Nov 9, 2017 lori zabrodski
Nov 6, 2017 Pam Hilbert
Nov 6, 2017 Gail Eatherly
Nov 6, 2017 Janet Shoemaker
Nov 3, 2017 Lindsay Miravalles
Nov 3, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 3, 2017 Tatiana Shelenga
Nov 2, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Nov 2, 2017 Barbara gale

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