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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

Dec 13, 2017 Linda Cook
Dec 12, 2017 Kris Lauria
Dec 12, 2017 Susan Dixon
Dec 9, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 3, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 3, 2017 Staci Galvin
Dec 3, 2017 tara thomas
Dec 2, 2017 massimo marchesini
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Nov 27, 2017 Edwin Rodriguez
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 deborah adatto
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles I live in Washington so I would be very stupid not to sign this.
Nov 22, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Nov 22, 2017 Dianne Dungay
Nov 22, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Danielle Stidham
Nov 19, 2017 Sandra Lemmer
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Legato
Nov 17, 2017 Anne Prost
Nov 17, 2017 S G
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Nov 16, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Nov 16, 2017 jane wells
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Wendy Kelling
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 16, 2017 Andrea Beltrami
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 16, 2017 Tammy Hayes
Nov 16, 2017 melissa abers
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 TATYANA taty
Nov 14, 2017 Lisa Rastatter
Nov 14, 2017 John Stone
Nov 14, 2017 Sandra Larsen
Nov 14, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Nov 13, 2017 Jillian Beaulieu
Nov 11, 2017 Rhonda Cave-Leon
Nov 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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