Tell the EPA you support creating a No Discharge Zone for Puget Sound to protect public health.
Puget Sound’s distinct geography makes it uniquely sensitive to pollution. Sewage from vessels in the Sound can affect water quality and pose a risk to both public health and marine life.
The EPA is poised to make its final decision about whether to create a No-Discharge Zone for Puget Sound, and needs to hear our support for this important protection.
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I support the creation of a No Discharge Zone for Puget Sound as requested by the Washington Department of Ecology. Creating such a zone will protect public health and marine life from the bacteria and other impurities found in sewage.
Creating such a zone would not pose adverse limitations on private or commercial vessels. There are currently more pumpout stations in the Sound than required by No Discharge Zone guidelines, and there is funding available to continue to add stations.
As a citizen of Puget Sound, I believe that the NDZ is a critical step to protect our waterways from degradation, recover endangered species and protect human health. Puget Sound bears the burden of pollution from many sources. No Discharge Zones across the country have been highly successful in protecting waterways. It’s past time to grant the Sound this important and common-sense protection.
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