Protecting Puget Sound: whose job is it?
Who must take care of Puget Sound, the watersheds that feed into it, and other watersheds throughout our state? ALL OF US! There are countless opportunities to participate; some are quick and easy, while others involve more long-term commitment. Perhaps one or more of the following contacts can help you get started!
SPREAD THE WORD
Write to your representatives!
Follow these easy guidelines to spread the word about issues that impact our environment to get real policy change.
HOW TO contact your representatives
Ocean Conservancy-Clean Swell
Head out to your favorite beach and use the app to easily record each item of trash you collect. Then share your effort with family and friends.
Clean Swell-Trash Free Seas
Ocean Conservancy also makes it easy to sign current petitions that address environmental and climate related issues.
It is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4. Step 1: Photograph a piece of litter. Step 2: Discard Properly and tag the photo. Step 3: Invite or Challenge Others. Step 4: Use LitterData to inspire change!
Become an Environmental Hero
Find it, Fix it
Offers users to report issues in the City of Seattle. Find a clogged storm drain? A pile of trash on the side of the road? Hazardous or chemical spills? Make sure it is cleaned up by professionals who know how to handle hazardous materials and have access to places to properly dispose items.
Find it, Fix it app
Find a beach clean up to join in your area or organize one yourself. Collect and record the trash from your clean up and report to the website below. You can help inspire and encourage people to take action!
Beach Clean Up Reporting & Data
Washington Department of Ecology - Washington Waters
Washington Waters – Ours to Protect
“Puget Sound. The Columbia River. The Pacific Ocean. These waters and many more rivers, lakes and streams are part of Washington’s identity, character and daily life. Each of us can do small things to help clean up our waters—and that adds up to a pollution solution!”
Washington Department of Ecology - Recycling
Recycle Hotline: 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253)
Besides the environmental benefits of recycling in general, recycling hazardous materials is especially important to protecting the health of our waterways. The statewide toll-free Recycle Hotline is a good first step to find out where and how to recycle specific materials in your area.
Seattle Public Utilities
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4900, PO Box 34018, Seattle WA 98124
Seattle Public Utilities offers a wealth of information on ways to protect our environment. Here are two links you may find especially useful:
King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 100, Seattle WA 98109
Hazards Line: 206-296-4692
The web site has lots of information about identifying hazardous materials, finding less hazardous alternatives, and safely disposing of hazardous waste. Answers to specific questions about hazardous materials can be obtained from the Hazards Line.
Puget Sound Partnership
326 East D Street, Tacoma WA 98421
“The Puget Sound Partnership is a state agency serving as the backbone organization for Puget Sound recovery. The Partnership coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, businesses and nonprofits to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan, and ensure accountability for results.”
People for Puget Sound
1402 Third Ave, Suite 1400, Seattle WA 98101
“People For Puget Sound is now a program of Washington Environmental Council. Our mission remains the same: to protect and restore Puget Sound to health. Our vision is a clean and healthy Sound, teeming with fish and wildlife, cared for by people who live here.”
Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208
“Mission: to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds. That mission is carried out by (1) conducting Streamkeeper Academy classes for all ages; (2) producing environmental education materials; and (3) providing local communities with stream and wetland restoration technical assistance.”
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed
6512 23rd Avenue NW, Suite 320, Seattle WA 98117
Soundkeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound.
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 107, Seattle, WA 98109
Office: (206) 297-7002