Puget Sound extends from the northwest corner of Washington State all the way down to Thurston County. Stormwater pollution from many different watersheds eventually ends up in Puget Sound. This is why Stream Team is working collectively with many other agencies and organizations throughout Puget Sound to reduce the 140,000 pounds of toxic chemicals that currently flow every day into Puget Sound.
Puget Sound Starts Here is a stormwater education campaign developed by a partnership of regional governments dedicated to improving water quality in Puget Sound and our local lakes, rivers and streams. A coalition of more than 300 Puget Sound organizations, including cities and counties, environmental and stewardship groups, plus businesses and universities, have launched this ground-breaking public education campaign to reduce the 140,000 pounds of toxic chemicals that currently flow every day into Puget Sound.
The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign educates residents on how changes in their everyday actions can help save the Sound. The effort is the largest in history to save Puget Sound and is led by the Puget Sound Partnership, S.T.O.R.M. (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities) and the Washington Department of Ecology.
The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign is initially focusing on four common behaviors that most residents can easily adopt to reduce pollution from entering Puget Sound.
- Take cars to a commercial car wash, where dirty wash water is properly handled.
- Fix automobile fluid leaks-- place cardboard or kitty litter under the car in the short term to catch leaking oil or fluids.
- Use compost – instead of fertilizers or pesticides – to grow a healthy lawn and garden that is more resistant to pests.
- Pick up pet waste with a bag – both in the yard and in public places – and place it in the trash.
Information about these and other ways to become involved with Puget Sound Starts Here is available at www.pugetsoundstartshere.org