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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

Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 22, 2018 Fausta Dimascio
Feb 21, 2018 Lonnie Almeida
Feb 21, 2018 Ann Conney
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Andrew Karfeld
Feb 19, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Feb 19, 2018 Judy McKinney
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Eric Maxwell
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Feb 19, 2018 Dianna Brown
Feb 19, 2018 Katerina Voutinopoulou
Feb 18, 2018 emme g
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 15, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 15, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Feb 14, 2018 veronique Charvet
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 14, 2018 Mark Butler
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa
Feb 12, 2018 Linda Graves
Feb 12, 2018 Victoria Salter
Feb 12, 2018 Nathalie Martel
Feb 11, 2018 Mariana Schuman
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 S Tan
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Feb 7, 2018 Patrina Van Sky
Feb 7, 2018 Greta Hunter
Feb 5, 2018 Bonny Gatchel
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
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Jan 28, 2018 COLINDA KRAM
Jan 23, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 21, 2018 Christopher Lang
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

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