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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

May 27, 2017 Tiffany Blenis
May 27, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 26, 2017 Teresa Cowley
May 26, 2017 yvonne Ryder
May 25, 2017 Beth Dixon
May 25, 2017 Theresa Meade
May 24, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
May 24, 2017 boullet françoise
May 24, 2017 Melinda Norman
May 24, 2017 Stacy Wykle
May 24, 2017 Lise Kastigar
May 24, 2017 Sophie Miranda
May 24, 2017 Lisa Nash
May 23, 2017 Janet Geiler
May 23, 2017 Lynn Ronk
May 23, 2017 Shannon Holmes
May 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
May 23, 2017 Jennifer Day
May 23, 2017 Scarlett Robinson
May 23, 2017 Kathy Magne
May 23, 2017 Helen Green
May 23, 2017 Josie Perez
May 22, 2017 Erica Daves
May 22, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 22, 2017 carmen zehm
May 22, 2017 Marilyn Logan
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May 20, 2017 Jade Scileppi The thinking [hu]man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo . . . We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also. – Dr. Albert Schweitzer
May 19, 2017 Terri Lynch
May 19, 2017 courtney mole
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May 18, 2017 Cher Hester
May 18, 2017 Erin McLaren
May 18, 2017 Noemi Gomez
May 17, 2017 Lisa hearn
May 16, 2017 Janice Taylor
May 16, 2017 Ana rausch
May 16, 2017 carol king
May 16, 2017 Cassi Redmond
May 16, 2017 Jennifer Cameron-Sanclemente
May 16, 2017 Alice Elissen
May 16, 2017 Linda Meyer
May 16, 2017 Yancette Halverson
May 16, 2017 Harold Mortensen
May 16, 2017 Jewell Batway
May 16, 2017 Diane Groth
May 16, 2017 Linda Treuhaft
May 16, 2017 JEROME BENDER
May 16, 2017 Vanda zanotto
May 16, 2017 James Kochis

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