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Help save Puget Sound

Puget Sound faces many threats from the everyday activities of the 4.5 million people who live on or around the nation’s second largest marine estuary.
People walking along a rocky beach shore in Tacoma with Mount Rainier in the background
The Puget Sound region includes 2,800 square miles of inland marine waters, including 549 streams, rivers, and lakes impaired by poor water quality. More than 60 percent of water pollution comes from oil and other fluids leaking from cars and trucks; fertilizers and pesticides from farms; runoff from lawns and gardens; and fuel spills from recreational boaters. These thousands of small, dispersed sources add up to a big pollution problem.

Washington residents are proud to live here and enjoy a high quality of life. Everyone can play a part in keeping Puget Sound clean and healthy. Use these educational resources to find out what you can do to help restore and protect our inland ocean.
Educational resources

  • Washington Waters: Ours to Protect - Help prevent stormwater pollution. Topics include: manure management, dog poop, yard care, septic maintenance, car maintenance, car washing, and boat maintenance tips.
  • Puget Sound Starts Here - All waterways, including storm drains, lead to Puget Sound. Help protect these waterways from stormwater pollution. Interactive features include a quiz, polls, photos, and videos.
  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - This bay is reserved for research and education about Puget Sound. Visit the Breazeale Interpretive Center and learn more about how we are studying and preserving important habitat.
  • BEACH Program - We report on bacteria levels at many public saltwater beaches. Check our map before you go, or sign up for email alerts.
  • Clean Marina program - Marinas can earn this certification by assessing their operations and making improvements to better protect the environment.

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