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Saving Puget Sound

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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 that’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 what’s at stake – and what everyone can do to help save this national treasure.

SAVING THE SOUND

Overview | Threats | 2020 Action Agenda | Delivering Results

SOUND SCIENCE

Studies and Monitoring

Monitoring the Sound | Reports on the Health of the Sound | Puget Sound Models | Economic fact sheet (pdf) | Washington Coastal Atlas | More Sound science...

ACTIONS

Prevention, Recovery Restoration

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...

EDUCATION

Washington Waters: Ours to Protect | Puget Sound Starts Here | Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve | Puget Sound Shorelines | BEACH Program | More education...

WHAT YOU CAN DO

What you can do | Stormwater | Washington Waters - Ours to Protect | Reducing Toxic Threats

Washington Waters - Ours To Protect
Puget Sound Starts Here

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PUGET SOUND STARTS HERE

Puget Sound is in trouble. You are the solution.

REPORT ON OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

Determining the relative contributions of regional and global human impacts

2013 STATE OF THE SOUND REPORT

Biennial Report on the Recovery of Puget Sound (Puget Sound Partnership)

PUGET SOUND DISSOLVED OXYGEN STUDY

EDUCATOR 2 EDUCATOR CONFERENCES

REPORTS:

Ocean Acidification From Knowledge to Action: Washington’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

How Can Washington Respond to the Threat of Ocean Acidification? (4/17/2012)

CONTROLLING TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PUGET SOUND

Assessment of Selected Toxic Chemicals in the Puget Sound Basin: 2007—2011

FEDERAL
PUGET SOUND GRANT PROGRAM

Watershed Protection and Restoration request for proposal (RFP)

RIVER RESTORATION

Elwha Dam removal

GATEWAY PACIFIC TERMINAL

Proposed bulk cargo marine terminal at Cherry Point, Whatcom Co., in SEPA review.

PUGET SOUND CHARACTERIZATION PROJECT

WASHINGTON COASTAL ATLAS

URBAN WATERS INITIATIVE

MONITORING THE SOUND:

PUGET SOUND CLEANUP SITES