Everyone in the region can take action to restore and protect the health of Puget Sound.
Puget Sound is beautiful from a distance, but struggling orca and salmon populations reveal the sound’s declining health. Stormwater pollution and changes in the hydrology of runoff patterns are among the biggest threats to Puget Sound water quality. Water running off surfaces after a storm, or even a light rain, picks up pollution from vehicle oil drips, pesticides, and pet waste and deposits it into nearby waterbodies.
This is a critical time in the recovery of Puget Sound’s health. VISION 2050 supports the work of local jurisdictions and the Puget Sound Partnership to promote a coordinated approach to watershed planning and restoring the health of Puget Sound.
Key strategies for reducing water pollution and restoring streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound include:
- Protecting and restoring open space and natural systems
- Replacing outdated infrastructure through redevelopment and retrofit projects
- Building sustainably through low-impact development