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 Jay Inslee. 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.
SAVING THE SOUND
Puget Sound is in trouble. You are the solution.
Determining the relative contributions of regional and global human impacts (May 2015)
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.
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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