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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


Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Tina Barts
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 7, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Jan 7, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
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Jan 1, 2018 Susan Bradshaw
Dec 29, 2017 Judy Budge
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 25, 2017 Cindy Shoaf
Dec 25, 2017 Jackee Goforth
Dec 23, 2017 Annie Hatzakorzian
Dec 22, 2017 Jessie Bowen
Dec 22, 2017 Donna Tanner
Dec 21, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 16, 2017 Ms. Jonnie Allert
Dec 16, 2017 Valeria Ceron
Dec 15, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 13, 2017 Linda Cook
Dec 12, 2017 Kris Lauria
Dec 12, 2017 Susan Dixon
Dec 9, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 3, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 3, 2017 Staci Galvin
Dec 3, 2017 tara thomas
Dec 2, 2017 massimo marchesini
Dec 1, 2017 NANCY CATANIA
Dec 1, 2017 Frank Catania
Nov 27, 2017 Edwin Rodriguez
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 deborah adatto
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles I live in Washington so I would be very stupid not to sign this.
Nov 22, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Nov 22, 2017 Dianne Dungay
Nov 22, 2017 Marguerite Panzica

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