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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, 2018 Jessamy Rouson
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
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Jul 20, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
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Jul 19, 2018 Octavia Salerno
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 19, 2018 Lola Schiefelbein
Jul 19, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName666434702152528 jmetetlastName704179209683402 jmeterComment2135
Jul 18, 2018 Julie Eversole
Jul 18, 2018 shirley cooksley
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 17, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 17, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 17, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 17, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 17, 2018 Juanita Fournier
Jul 17, 2018 Candice C
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Halley
Jul 17, 2018 Bree Gosselink
Jul 17, 2018 Sherri Young
Jul 17, 2018 Joyce Frievalt SICK!
Jul 17, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jul 17, 2018 Karen Supplee
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Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Robin Gregory
Jul 17, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jul 17, 2018 JUDITH GEROWE
Jul 17, 2018 sharon porter
Jul 17, 2018 Phyl Morello
Jul 17, 2018 susan barta
Jul 17, 2018 Candace Funk
Jul 17, 2018 Kim Johnson
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret Hurley
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Protect these precious orcas!!!
Jul 13, 2018 Glenys Rawdon
Jul 11, 2018 Barbara McNeil
Jul 9, 2018 marie sajous
Jul 9, 2018 Kristin McChrystal
Jul 7, 2018 Lillian Kraemer
Jul 1, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy

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