Soundkeeper supports Senator Cory Booker’s Environmental Justice Act of 2017, a bill that would increase protections for the communities most impacted by pollution.
Polluted stormwater runoff — the cocktail of heavy metals, oil and petroleum products, fertilizers, and other waste that washes off roads and hard surfaces when it rains — is toxic to coho salmon. Solving the problem will benefit our watersheds and everyone living in Puget Sound.
On August 19th, Cooke Aquaculture’s net pens near Cypress Island reportedly released over 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound waters.
On April 3, Soundkeeper sent a letter to the King County Council in support of the independent investigation of the West Point Sewage Treatment Plant failure. In that letter, we pose detailed questions that we would like to see addressed in the investigation.
Puget Soundkeeper has been closely engaged and pushing for answers since a catastrophic equipment failure on February 9 led to a discharge of 180 million gallons of wastewater to the Sound.
Marine debris, particularly plastic debris, pollutes many aquatic environments. Increasingly, this is a global problem as trash accumulates in the world’s oceans and concentrates in large gyres. Once in the environment, it poses substantial risk to marine life and human health.
Soundkeeper settles Clean Water Act case with City of Tacoma, reducing pollution to Commencement Bay
In response to citizen action, the city of Tacoma has agreed to overhaul its industrial wastewater program and pay $70,000 to support water quality projects in South Puget Sound.