OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May as Puget Sound Starts Here Month, launching hundreds of events and activities to help people in the region get involved in restoring and protecting the Sound.
The Puget Sound Starts Here (PSSH) campaign represents 750 community organizations, counties, cities and state and federal agencies.
The month is part of the campaign’s year-round effort to help make people aware of the streams, lakes and stormwater drains that connect everyone with Puget Sound. PSSH promotes a variety of programs to involve people in restoration activities and in preventing water pollution.
“As people begin to enjoy the outdoors in the spring, it’s a great chance for people to refresh their awareness of the Sound and their role in protecting and restoring it,” said Justine Asohmbom, PSSH’s education coordinator, with the Washington Department of Ecology. “Puget Sound’s condition ties directly to the quality of water that enters it, so the Sound really does start wherever people are.”
PSSH organizations have hundreds of local programs and events lined up for the month, many of which are listed on the organization’s website. Highlighted activities include:
- Puget Sound Starts Here Night at the Mariners (Safeco Field) – May 14.
- City of Lacey Fun Fair – May 21: The City of Lacey and Stream Team will have a Puget Sound Starts Here themed table at the Lacey Fun Fair! Participants will learn about Puget Sound through fun, family-friendly activities like Stormwater Plinko and other games.
- Rainiers’ “K-9 Innings” at Cheney Stadium – May 22. Bring your canine companion and join City of Tacoma Environmental Services and share the message about picking up after your pets.
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 Ecology; and the other was part of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda for the recovery of Puget Sound.