Puget Sound is struggling to overcome the challenges of a growing population, increased development, urban runoff, and waterway traffic all resulting in additional sources of pollution – 21 species are currently listed as threatened or endangered, including orca whales and Chinook salmon. Stormwater runoff transports pollutants into waterways and is the single-largest contributor of toxic pollution to Puget Sound today. Agricultural pollution from dairies, feedlots, pesticides and erosion impairs shellfish beaches. Wastewater facilities still release unsafe levels of toxic chemicals and nutrients that cause long term health issues for the Sound.
Soundkeeper will use its proven track record to strengthen water quality standards and pollution discharge regulations and work to ensure implementation of these regulations through on-water patrols, monitoring and enforcement. Soundkeeper will work to leverage community voices to pressure agencies to do the right thing for Puget Sound.