WEC’s People For Puget Sound program is dedicated to protecting and restoring Puget Sound to health. Puget Sound is the largest estuary in the country by volume, rich with ecological diversity. The region is also the lifeblood for urban and rural communities that rely on the Sound for economic opportunity and a high quality of life. However, Puget Sound’s cherished natural beauty conceals its rapidly deteriorating health. Recovering the Sound will require broad collaboration, innovative approaches, and a long-term commitment.

For the past twenty years, People For Puget Sound and WEC have worked together to protect the Sound, as separate organizations and now with People For Puget Sound as a program of WEC. We helped establish the Puget Sound Partnership, forced the Department of Ecology to adopt stronger permits to curb polluted runoff, secured some of the nation’s strongest oil spill prevention and response safeguards for marine waters, updated the Shoreline Management Act, pushed for statewide funding of clean water projects and toxic cleanups, and much more. These accomplishments provide the foundation for our continued focus on clean water, oil safety, and a healthy and productive habitat for orcas, salmon, and the many species who call Puget Sound home.


People For Puget Sound News and Stories

Cleaning up the Duwamish and Remaking Environmentalism

Environmentalism from an all-white, affluent, outdoorsy movement into a diverse, inclusive coalition of communities.

View more »
Army Corps rejects permit for coal terminal at Cherry Point

The Army Corps ruled that the proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation.

View more »
Sponsor Spotlight: Taylor Shellfish Farms

Taylor Shellfish Farms has a history in Puget Sound’s waters and they support our work to protect the Sound for generations to come.

View more »