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About Puget Sound Starts Here

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Puget Sound Starts Here is a public awareness campaign connecting more than 750 organizations across the Puget Sound region’s 12 counties. Partners in this campaign include federal, state and local governments, tribes and non-governmental organizations dedicated to protecting Puget Sound.

From the snowcapped mountain peaks to the white capped waves and all that lives beneath, the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign focuses on our connections to the Puget Sound. The goal of Puget Sound Starts Here is to raise awareness of how our everyday actions impact this place where we live, work and play.

Why Puget Sound Starts Here?
When it rains, water flows over hard surfaces like house roofs, parking lots, driveways, lawns where the soil has been packed down, and streets, picking up dog poop, lawn chemicals like fertilizer and pesticides, oil and car leaks, and many other along pollutants.

This polluted water then flows through ditches or storm drains and into our local streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands that eventually empty into the Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Pollution in Puget Sound threatens our food, our water, and our livelihoods, and we continue to damage Puget Sound at a greater rate than we are fixing it.

Puget Sound Starts Here is a simple way for us to unite our efforts throughout the Puget Sound region and demonstrate our role in the regional goal of improving the health of Puget Sound.

About the Partners

The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign is a collaborative approach to protecting and improving Puget Sound health. No single agency or organization runs the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign; it is a team approach and involves the efforts and support of many partners.

A brief history of Puget Sound Starts Here
The Puget Sound Starts Here campaign began in 2009 as the result of collaboration of two public awareness initiatives: one led by a coalition of municipalities known as STORM (Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities) with funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology; and the other was part of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda for the recovery of Puget Sound.

The collaboration utilizes the overlapping geography (Puget Sound) of the two efforts, ensures consistent region-wide messages, and minimizes the possibility of redundancy. The STORM/Ecology team brings program momentum, applied stormwater and communications knowledge, and an organized network of 83 local governments.

The Puget Sound Partnership brings the diverse membership of the ECO Net (Education, Communication and Outreach Network), its charge for regional planning and communications, additional fiscal resources, and a long-term home for many of the campaign’s components.

Puget Sound Counties

State and Federal Agencies

ECO Network Member Organizations