– This is an important issue, as highlighted by Rep. Denny Heck in his e-mailer: “Save Our Sound”
“Puget Sound is a deceptive wonder. Its haunting beauty obscures the slow-flowing poison of urban runoff and the lowering of pH from ocean acidification. The result imperils shellfish and marine life. The jewel of Western Washington, Puget Sound is at risk” (October 9th, Seattle Times).
As a Washingtonian, you understand the value of our Puget Sound. It’s an important environmental and economic resource for our entire region and preserving our Sound for future generations is an effort deserving of support.
Unfortunately, Puget Sound is gift that we are in danger of losing if we don’t act. Despite advancements in stormwater protection, industrial practices, and habitat restoration, the damage is outpacing the rate of recovery. We must work together to save our Sound.
Will you add your name to our effort to save Puget Sound?
I have teamed up with my colleague Derek Kilmer to introduce the PUGET SOS Act in the US House of Representatives. The Promoting United Government Efforts To Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act is legislation crafted in partnership with Tribal, State, and local partners and will:
* Integrate and align Federal restoration efforts with the ongoing recovery work of Tribal, State, and local governments;
* Ensure the Federal-Tribal trust responsibility is upheld;
* Supply Federal funding to help restore habitat, mitigate stormwater runoff, and help shellfish recovery; and
* Prioritize Puget Sound recovery in a way that is commensurate with its national significance.
Investing in Puget Sound isn’t just about saving our environment. It’s about people, too. It’s about clean water to drink, healthy food to eat, a stable economy, protecting Tribal treaty rights, being resilient to climate change and flooding, and an endless number of quality-of-life benefits.
Thankfully, folks are taking notice. Our bill has garnered bipartisan co-sponsorship and recently received the endorsement of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. We have also received the support of the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and the Washington Environmental Council.
Please join our effort to save our Sound. Add your name as a citizen co-sponsor today and help us restore the health of Puget Sound for future generations.
I appreciate your help.
P.S. Our Puget Sound is an environmental and economic resource we can’t afford to lose; preserving it for future generations is a responsibility we all share. If you agree, add your name as a citizen co-sponsor today.
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