Puget Sound Recovery

Last Updated: 
Jun 3, 2020

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  • Replacing outdated infrastructure through redevelopment and retrofit projects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

Take action to restore and protect Puget Sound

Residents and businesses

  • DePave Puget Sound: Toolkit for transforming underused paved spaces to green space
  • Rainwise and Let It Rain: Examples of incentive programs for private installation of green infrastructure. Stewardship Partners has also created a list of programs with additional examples
  • Shore Friendly: Information and incentives for waterfront homeowners to preserve and restore natural shorelines


  • Building Green Cities: Information on low impact development solutions and incentives
  • Salmon Safe: Certification program for cities, farmers, developers, and other landowners

Local governments

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