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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

Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Giselle White
Aug 15, 2018 Shelley Reagan
Aug 14, 2018 Belinda Bolden
Aug 14, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Aug 13, 2018 Margaret Surmiak
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Nancy Paskowitz
Aug 13, 2018 Stéphanie MONCADE
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Ursula Bayer
Aug 13, 2018 sharmini sewpersad
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 13, 2018 Sandra Givas
Aug 13, 2018 Courtney Gatchell
Aug 13, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 7, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Johnson
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 Edy Soto
Aug 2, 2018 Rebecca Kellerman
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Miriam Navarro
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
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Jul 30, 2018 Ana Andre
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Jul 28, 2018 hameau catherine
Jul 28, 2018 Kimberly Flores
Jul 28, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 28, 2018 Cherie Chantal
Jul 27, 2018 Stephanie Brake
Jul 25, 2018 Brianna Anepete
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Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 Mary Price
Jul 22, 2018 Jessamy Rouson
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
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