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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 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 William Steele
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Kelly McPherson
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 faye munro
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 alan harper
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 Michelle Montpetite
May 18, 2018 Katie Neyens
May 18, 2018 Wendy Chrisman
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
May 18, 2018 Candace Jones
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 17, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2018 Lynne Pateman
May 17, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Rodolfo Sanchez
May 15, 2018 Lindsey Winters
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn
May 15, 2018 Elizabeth Fuller
May 15, 2018 Monica La Marfa
May 15, 2018 Terri Sider
May 15, 2018 Leslie Wingerath
May 15, 2018 J S
May 15, 2018 Erika Zemmol
May 14, 2018 jocelyne coenart
May 14, 2018 Kimberly Chan
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2018 Howard Lederman
May 7, 2018 Marion Barbour
May 7, 2018 Gail Steinberg
May 6, 2018 Franziska EDWARDS
May 6, 2018 wesley burnett
May 4, 2018 Mary Smith
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 3, 2018 Jan Johnson I cannot believe this is allowed - it is unhealthy and unsanitary! Not to mention a detriment to natural habitat. Imagine, relaxing in the off shore waters and a turd floating by. REALLY? This is even a question? Clean up your act EPA Administrator!

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