The Clean Water Act is a powerful tool for protecting our waters. Part of Soundkeeper’s mission is ensuring that that protection is not weakened by national and regional rulemaking processes.
These are the most crucial problems affecting the health of our communities and our shared waterways. By tackling these problems, we can restore Puget Sound and have a thriving watershed that will support everyone living here for generations to come.
Polluted stormwater is the number one toxic threat to Puget Sound, and Soundkeeper works to create policy, enforce pollution permits, and educate citizens about best practices to reduce the impact of stormwater pollution.
Oil and coal companies would like to make the Pacific Northwest a hub for importing and exporting fossil fuels. But the extraction, consumption and transport of coal and oil is harmful to our environment and our health on every level.
Agriculture is the leading cause of pollution to waterways nationwide, and a major cause of water pollution, closure of shellfish beds and closure of swimming beaches in Washington.
Vessel pollution has serious repercussions for the health of Puget Sound. Oil, sewage and chemicals leaching from paint and varnish can poison marine life and damage water quality. Soundkeeper is committed to clean boating practices that protect the health of our waterways.
Our waterways are full of trash. Plastic, metal, rubber, textiles, fishing nets, and other items enter rivers, lakes, streams and oceans in huge amounts every day, harming human health, wildlife, and habitat.
Historic pollution has contaminated many sites in Puget Sound. Cleaning up sites that harbor lingering toxic pollution is an important step to protect waterways and communities.
Wastewater pollution is a major source of contamination to Puget Sound. With increased population growth and industrial activity, strong requirements for wastewater treatment and improvement of aging infrastructure are critical if we want to protect our waterways.