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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

Jul 22, 2017 Floyd Grant
Jul 22, 2017 diane applin
Jul 21, 2017 Hanna Kemink
Jul 20, 2017 Cheryl Twaddell
Jul 19, 2017 Sherri Williams Puget Sound No Discharge Zone. Enough of our water life is dying because of human barbarity.
Jul 18, 2017 Linda Mattice
Jul 18, 2017 Eileen Duppstadt
Jul 18, 2017 Pamela Benton
Jul 17, 2017 ILIANA MEZA
Jul 16, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 16, 2017 Sandra Bigart
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
Jul 15, 2017 Gloria J Howard
Jul 15, 2017 mercy myers
Jul 15, 2017 Heather Simpkins
Jul 15, 2017 Ko Ferrandes
Jul 14, 2017 Mary Ware
Jul 14, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
Jul 14, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Jul 14, 2017 Karen Hurst
Jul 14, 2017 Melanie Cameron
Jul 14, 2017 Yvette Lantz
Jul 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Jul 14, 2017 Jacqueline Turnbull It disgusts me how people think the Earth and all its creatures is there to be raped and plundered. The clock is at a few minutes to midnight; way past the eleventh hour now. We have been so badly misled and lied to, about pretty much everything. STOP.
Jul 14, 2017 kimberley Richardson
Jul 12, 2017 Jocalynn Lambert
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this abuse. We are responsible for this planet and its life
Jul 11, 2017 Monika Dobo-Kohl
Jul 11, 2017 Katalin Apáthy
Jul 10, 2017 Pat Mimeau
Jul 10, 2017 Nicolo Bucaria
Jul 10, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Jul 10, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Jul 9, 2017 Lucia Sanford
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes lets help and defend and protect all kinds and all breeds and all different animals from against all kinds and all types of animal cruelty and animal abuse because these poor animals needs our help so lets help these poor animals against these savages
Jul 9, 2017 Martin Henz
Jul 9, 2017 Simone Grant
Jul 8, 2017 Kelly Allen
Jul 8, 2017 Emily Bevins
Jul 7, 2017 Daniele Dolleans
Jul 7, 2017 Hannah Fusselman This isn't just essential to the orcas! If us humans are to survive, we need to treat our oceans better!
Jul 7, 2017 Maria Prinsloo
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 5, 2017 regina sondej
Jul 5, 2017 Robin Shirley
Jul 5, 2017 Linda Riddell
Jul 5, 2017 Cassie Alford
Jul 5, 2017 Diana Jones

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