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.

ACTION: Want to know more about what you can do to protect Puget Sound orcas? In honor of the 17 days that Tahlequah carried her calf, we have put together 17 actions to help our southern resident orcas.

People For Puget Sound News and Stories

All Four Orca Recovery Priority Bills Pass Washington State Legislature

Salmon habitat recovery, oil spill prevention, vessel noise and disturbance, reducing toxic pollution are all now expected to reach Governor Inslee’s desk

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On Exxon Valdez disaster 30th anniversary, local leaders call on state to protect Washington from major spill

Increased traffic, new types of oil, and less safe ships put local fishing economy, environment, and tribal cultural and treaty rights at risk

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In bipartisan votes, Washington House and Senate address Puget Sound recovery and threats to orcas

House passes bills on vessel noise and disturbance, salmon habitat recovery, and preventing oil spills Senate advances toxic pollution prevention  as well as vessel noise and disturbance March 7th (Olympia, WA) – In sweeping votes from both houses, the Washington State Legislature took major steps to address the emergency facing southern resident orcas and the … Continued

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17 Days, 17 Ways to Protect Southern Resident Orcas

What you can do to #RememberTahlequah and protect our Southern Resident Orcas

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