Puget Soundkeeper Alliance – Protecting & Preserving Puget Sound

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Read the latest information about our Clean Water Act enforcement, water quality monitoring, on-water patrols and volunteer activities.

Salute to the Sound Inspiration Award Winners Announced: Senator Mona Das & Duwamish Valley Youth Corps

Every year Puget Soundkeeper’s Inspiration Award recognizes a local leader, individual or group that inspires others to take action for clean water. Our Youth Inspiration Award is specifically given to a youth-led organization, whose work to protect our waterways includes, empowers, and inspires youth to take charge of their future by being active participants in protecting the health of their marine environment. We are pleased to announce the 2020 Inspiration Award recipients:
Senator Mona Das and the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps!

Puget Soundkeeper and Executive Director Announces Transition and Interim Director, Effective September 16th

After a great deal of thought and reflection during what has been an extraordinarily tumultuous and challenging year, I have decided to focus on my family and loved ones, and will be stepping down as Puget Soundkeeper and Executive Director. Though my role will change, I will continue to wholeheartedly support the work of Puget Soundkeeper. I am confident that Puget Soundkeeper is in good hands and will continue to be a leading voice for protecting and preserving the waters of Puget Sound.

Scrap metal facility, Seattle Iron & Metals, fails to meet pollution control deadline; will pay additional $90,000 to community organizations and implement corrective actions

Yesterday, Puget Soundkeeper and Seattle Iron & Metals Corp. filed an amended consent decree in the US District Court after SIMC failed to meet pollution control deadlines established in an initial settlement filed last year. To protect the health and welfare of Duwamish Valley residents impacted by air and water pollution from SIMC’s operations, Soundkeeper and SIMC negotiated a new agreement which requires SIMC to pay an additional $90,000 to community organizations to fund local restoration and pollution mitigation work.

Washington’s Construction Permit Needs Work

Polluted stormwater run-off is the number one threat to the Puget Sound. One major contributor to stormwater pollution is and stormwater from construction sites, which can convey muddy water, debris, and toxic chemicals into our waterways. Soundkeeper believes the permit could be strengthened through language changes and clarifications, the elimination of a testing exemption for sites smaller than one acre, and creating a requirement for reporting hazardous chemicals stored on site to Ecology.