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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

Mar 18, 2018 Laura Gustoson
Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Lisa L
Mar 18, 2018 April Brown
Mar 18, 2018 Faith ONeil
Mar 18, 2018 Sandra Clark
Mar 18, 2018 nicole goberdhan
Mar 17, 2018 tore boissonneau
Mar 17, 2018 Linda Syroid
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Louise Broderick
Mar 17, 2018 claudine gillard
Mar 15, 2018 Lynn Stillman
Mar 15, 2018 Nora Connell
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Martine TRACQUI
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Tammi Long
Mar 15, 2018 CRISTINA OLIVA Stop Dumping On Orcas The EPA must declare Puget Sound a "No-discharge zone" to protect orcas and their habitat!
Mar 15, 2018 Jaci & Merridy Taylor
Mar 15, 2018 Melissa O'Rourke
Mar 15, 2018 Lance Kammerud
Mar 15, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
Mar 14, 2018 s w
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2018 Kristi Weber
Mar 10, 2018 Jennifer Phillips
Mar 10, 2018 Andrea Howard
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Angela Flanagan
Mar 10, 2018 Janice Andrews
Mar 10, 2018 Ronald Wolniewicz
Mar 9, 2018 Mia Dravis
Mar 9, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Kristine Khachatryan
Mar 9, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 8, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 8, 2018 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Mar 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 7, 2018 Vikki Chiarini
Mar 7, 2018 Catherine D.
Mar 7, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 6, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Mar 6, 2018 Anne Hopkins
Mar 6, 2018 Rick Thomason

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