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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


Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Maryse Marc Fioramonti Vernede
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Oct 19, 2017 Susan Taylor
Oct 19, 2017 Karen Daley I didn't know that human waste was being dumped there, but now I DO and it must be stopped immediately. What Seattle is not modernized enough to be able to take care of waste water without dumping it into the ocean. Sure, it is cheaper but not for fish&
Oct 19, 2017 Michael Friedmann
Oct 19, 2017 betsy cousins-coleman
Oct 19, 2017 PEGGY MORRIS
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 keyser talarico
Oct 19, 2017 Carlyn Pruess
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 Sue Coughlin
Oct 16, 2017 Callie Bagdon
Oct 15, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Alson Sachs
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 Roslyn Pollinger
Oct 11, 2017 anita phillips
Oct 11, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Oct 10, 2017 Nicola Marsden
Oct 10, 2017 Janice Banks
Oct 10, 2017 Jean Galati
Oct 10, 2017 Laura Prohaska
Oct 10, 2017 Mark Dany
Oct 10, 2017 Patty Traube
Oct 10, 2017 Ben Cachola
Oct 10, 2017 Janet Davis
Oct 10, 2017 John Botts
Oct 10, 2017 m Levin
Oct 10, 2017 marsha prince
Oct 10, 2017 Ellyn Coalter Please save our beautiful bodies of water, NO-Discharge zone for Pugent Sound!
Oct 10, 2017 Patricia Kolchins
Oct 9, 2017 Sarah Gensler
Oct 9, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Oct 6, 2017 ;LOUISE Moore
Oct 6, 2017 Sonja Elidottir
Oct 5, 2017 venus th
Oct 5, 2017 Marion Weston
Oct 5, 2017 Sarah Young
Oct 4, 2017 Linda K Reed
Oct 4, 2017 Joan Heezen
Oct 4, 2017 Susanna McDade
Oct 4, 2017 linda starrett
Oct 4, 2017 Dubrava Elena
Oct 4, 2017 JILL SCHENKEL
Oct 4, 2017 Tana kent
Oct 4, 2017 Mary Marchbanks

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