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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

Apr 23, 2018 Claudia Alraun
Apr 23, 2018 Sandia Germenis
Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Judy Ziegler
Apr 19, 2018 Roya Talezadeh
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Nan Newall
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 17, 2018 Barry Frederick Baudains
Apr 17, 2018 František Hajdúk
Apr 16, 2018 Micaela Anta
Apr 16, 2018 Kim Becker
Apr 16, 2018 Brent Morgan
Apr 16, 2018 Kimberly Fajardo
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Marianna Pyrgou
Apr 15, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
Apr 15, 2018 Debra Terranova
Apr 15, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Apr 15, 2018 Winnie Soukup
Apr 15, 2018 Michelle Cheney
Apr 15, 2018 Candice Paulus
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Christine Kwiecinski
Apr 14, 2018 leigh barry
Apr 14, 2018 mesut subası
Apr 14, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Apr 14, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Apr 14, 2018 katherine Sampson
Apr 14, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Apr 14, 2018 Liliana fiorinl
Apr 14, 2018 Ankita Jain Gupta
Apr 13, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
Apr 13, 2018 Jan Hansen
Apr 13, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 13, 2018 Debbie Conrad
Apr 13, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 theresa sonia
Apr 13, 2018 Janina Kowa
Apr 13, 2018 Elaine McWhorter
Apr 13, 2018 Karen McMurray
Apr 13, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 13, 2018 Elaine Becker Stop poisoning the water!
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 11, 2018 Martina Giesen
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Alyssa Clemenzi
Apr 9, 2018 Rebecca Mierke
Apr 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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