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

Suquamish Tribe, Environmental Groups, and State of Washington Reach Settlement of Lawsuit Over U.S. Navy Contamination of Puget Sound

The Suquamish Tribe, Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and the State of Washington announced a settlement with the U.S. Navy

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Washington Environmental Community sets bold agenda for 2020 Legislative Session

After passing years of backlogged environmental bills in 2019 , room opens to address long standing environmental issues like urgent climate action, orca and salmon recovery, and a growing crisis from plastic pollution

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Court denies Trump Administration reversal of a No Discharge Zone for the Puget Sound

Keeping ship and boat sewage out of Sound, key solution to restoring one of the nation’s largest inland waterbodies

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TAKE ACTION

Stop Trump from rolling back Water Quality Standards

Submit your comment to EPA today: Protect Washington’s water quality standards!

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