RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
The time to act is now
Puget Sound is in trouble. In many areas, its seemingly clear, pristine waters actually contain a soup of noxious and poisonous chemicals. Every time it rains, thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants flow overland, eventually winding up in the Sound. Hundreds of toxic cleanup sites ring its 2,500 miles of shoreline. Critical habitat has been lost to development. Even in its deepest spots the Department of Ecology finds contaminants, some banned for use 30 years ago, in its underwater sediments.
However, by working together we can help reverse what seems a downward spiral. We all want to leave our children and our grandchildren a Puget Sound thatâ€™s clean and safe and alive. Ecology is committed to do all we can to help Puget Sound be a healthy ecosystem by 2020.
What we're doing about it
Ecology is bringing to bear our best science and research resources to understand the challenges facing Puget Sound and help find solutions. We have a duty to restore, protect and preserve the Sound using the regulations, permitting requirements, and mandates set by the Washington Legislature and Governor Chris Gregoire. We have an obligation to help our citizens, our neighbors, our businesses and industries, and our families understand whatâ€™s at stake â€“ and what everyone can do to help save this national treasure.
In December 2005, Governor Gregoire and the Legislature launched the Puget Sound Initiative, a comprehensive effort by local, state, federal and tribal governments, business, agriculture and environmental communities, scientists, and the public to restore, protect and preserve Sound by 2020. Ecology is a hard working partner in this effort. Saving Puget Sound and the $20 billion of economic activities the Sound generates is among the Department of Ecologyâ€™s five Strategic Priorities.
SAVING THE SOUND
Puget Sound Initiative (PSI) Cleanup Sites | Water Quality studies | Puget Sound Marine Conservation Fund Projects | 2005-2007 Puget Sound Investment Atlas | Control of Toxic Chemicals in Puget Sound | More actions...
Puget Sound is in trouble. You are the solution.
Determining the relative contributions of regional and global human impacts
Biennial Report on the Recovery of Puget Sound (Puget Sound Partnership)
Ocean Acidification From Knowledge to Action: Washingtonâ€™s Strategic Response - report from the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel (Nov. 2012)
Puget Sound Marine Waters - overview of 2011 marine water quality and conditions in Puget Sound from comprehensive monitoring programs.
CONVERSATIONS ON WASHINGTON'S FUTURE
IN THE NEWS
Watershed Protection and Restoration request for proposal (RFP)
Proposed bulk cargo marine terminal at Cherry Point, Whatcom Co., in SEPA review.
MONITORING THE SOUND:
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