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

Orca Salmon Alliance Calls on Governor Inslee to Form Emergency Task Force

Immediate action must be taken to prevent the extinction of two emblems of the Pacific Northwest: Chinook salmon and orcas.

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State nixes key permit for big Longview coal terminal

The Washington Department of Ecology denied a key water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview.

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Smart Discharge: Protecting Puget Sound from Waste

Fortunately, over 97% of boaters already do the right thing, but not all boats properly dispose of their waste.

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5 Ways To Stand Up For Puget Sound

The Trump Administration wants to cut federal funding for Puget Sound, but we can’t let that happen! Find a way to stand up for the protection of Puget Sound today.

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