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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

Sep 22, 2017 Bree Decker
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Monika Klewe
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Alexandra Lohman
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 PEGGY Morris
Sep 22, 2017 Marti Worth
Sep 22, 2017 Lauren Kessler
Sep 21, 2017 Robina Ingram-Rich
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 19, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 18, 2017 Rebecca Clark
Sep 18, 2017 Linda Sippel-Lemmer
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 11, 2017 Desari Erickson
Sep 8, 2017 carla renders
Sep 7, 2017 Leela Beaudry
Sep 7, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Sep 6, 2017 Jana Repova
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 1, 2017 colleen thomas
Aug 31, 2017 Ankita Jain
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2017 Elizabeth Broyles
Aug 23, 2017 Alessandro Romeo
Aug 23, 2017 JANICK SANSON
Aug 23, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Aug 23, 2017 harpreet suri
Aug 22, 2017 jane Leavitt
Aug 22, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Aug 21, 2017 stacy nepacena
Aug 21, 2017 Jeni Munn
Aug 20, 2017 c. martinez
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 20, 2017 Diana Martins Orcas & their homes are precious to me. Please declare "No-Discharge Zone" for them!
Aug 20, 2017 Carmen Celea
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
Aug 18, 2017 Morgan MacConaugha-Snyder
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Katarina Cvetkovic
Aug 15, 2017 Susanna Pohto
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 15, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Aug 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2017 Ann Achuff

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