Our inland sea needs help
If you visit the Seattle Aquarium, you might come away thinking Puget Sound is a bright, beautiful undersea wonderland. In some places, it is.
But overall…Puget Sound is in serious trouble.
(Click on the images to get a larger view)
Puget Sound has toxic levels of many different chemicals, and it is killing the ecosystem. At one time, we could have blamed Big Industry for Puget Sound’s problems.
Today, the biggest source of pollution in Puget Sound is not Big Industry. It’s us…you, me and pretty much everyone who drives a car or lives in a house in the Puget Sound Basin. It’s called Nonpoint Source Pollution—meaning not coming from one point, but coming from many points.
Basically, anything toxic on the ground or city streets—like motor oil or lawn chemicals—will end up in Puget Sound. Over time, the accumulations take a serious toll on marine life.
(Close up view of the Seattle skyline as it often looks. Gray on gray.)
If we want to protect marine life in the Sound, we all must help. Find out how you can help protect water quality.
What is your favorite Puget Sound marine creature?
For me, it’s a tie between the Pacific giant octopus and the wolf eel. At the Seattle Aquarium, I like watching the wolf eels swimming in the dome room. They are the most graceful swimmers! Watching them is positively hypnotic.
What is the fate of Puget Sound?
Find out more…
Washington State Department of Ecology
What do you think?
Are you looking for ways to become a non-nonpoint polluter?
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Love your artwork, and your information is relevant too. I commit to doing my part to help keep our area healthy.
great blog post !
REALLY wonderful and valuable post and information here…. For such a beautiful area. Sigh.
Thanks, Christina. Sigh, indeed. The beauty of the Sound is a mixed blessing, I’m afraid. From the surface, it looks absolutely pristine. It doesn’t shout “I’m sick! FIX ME” (Like, for example, a burning river).