Puget Sound photo identifier

Saving Puget Sound

We all have a role in taking care of Puget Sound - what you can do

Puget Sound needs our help

Besides the 2,800 square miles of inland marine waters that make up the Sound, there are 549 streams, rivers and lakes across the Puget Sound region impaired by poor water quality.

Puget Sound faces many threats. More than 60 percent of water pollution comes from things like cars leaking oil; fertilizers and pesticides from farms, lawns and gardens; faulty and aging septic systems; pet waste; and fuel spills from recreational boaters.

Washington Waters – Ours to Protect

Thousands of small, dispersed sources add up to a big pollution problem. Find out what you can do to help reduce stormwater pollution:

Water Conservation – Be Water Smart, Not Water Short

Water is a valuable resource in Washington. Using our resources wisely will help us fill the needs of people, industries, businesses, and farms, while also keeping fish and other aquatic life alive and well. Puget Sound water users have diverse needs and goals; we must find a way to share limited, fluctuating supplies. Learn how to be water smart.

Green, Clean Boating

If you own a boat, you have responsibilities. Be a Clean, Green boater.

Property Owner Guides

Educational Resources

  • Washington Waters: Ours to Protect - Help prevent stormwater pollution. Topics included are manure management, dog poop, yard care, septic maintenance, car maintenance, car washing and boat maintenance tips.
  • Puget Sound Starts Here - Help prevent stormwater pollution in Puget Sound. Site includes interactive features, including a quiz, polls, photos and videos.
  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Padilla Bay is "reserved" for research and education about Puget Sound.
  • Puget Sound Shorelines - Comprehensive guide to the Puget shoreline ecosystem, including tips for homeowners.
  • BEACH Program - Monitoring bacteria levels at popular, high risk beaches.
  • Clean Marina program - an incentive-based certification program in which marinas assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment.



  • Coastal Atlas - View aerial photographs of marine shorelines, locate different habitat types, physical features, and see changes in land cover.
  • Tide charts - for Seattle and nearby stations, from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).