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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

Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 Lacey Velvet
Sep 16, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Sep 16, 2017 Krista Pierson
Sep 15, 2017 Liliana Dulgheroiu
Sep 15, 2017 Amber Ford
Sep 14, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 mary pattison
Sep 14, 2017 Joke Brussen
Sep 14, 2017 marja leino
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Malgorzata Dragowska
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 13, 2017 yvonne FOURGOUS
Sep 13, 2017 Elise Caplan
Sep 12, 2017 diane clayton
Sep 11, 2017 Kristiellenberger Ellenberger
Sep 11, 2017 Francesco Cavarra
Sep 11, 2017 christel PERSON
Sep 11, 2017 Arzu Özkaya
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham Jeez how careless and disgusting, how can they do that to our Oceans!
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 8, 2017 Deana Conklin
Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie Clyne
Sep 7, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
Sep 6, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
Sep 6, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 bheng Cristobal
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Dawn Carter
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 cathy minshall
Sep 6, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 6, 2017 jan allen
Sep 5, 2017 Teresa Ashley
Sep 5, 2017 Georgeanne Ford We are guardians of Earth and all that dwells here. It is up to us to care and protect "All Creatures Great and Small".
Sep 5, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Sep 4, 2017 Gary & Janna Ellsworth
Sep 4, 2017 Tony Coppens
Sep 4, 2017 Margherita Pinto

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