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Campaign Promotes Safer, Cleaner Puget Sound

October 15, 2009

| TACOMA | October 15, 2009 | An estimated 75 percent of Puget Sound's chemical pollution comes from yards, cars, pets and homes. Puget Sound Starts Here focuses on these four aspects of daily life where people can make a difference. Small changes in these areas can produce large improvements in water quality, and ultimately, in the health of Puget Sound and our regional water supplies.

"This unprecedented regional effort will help residents and businesses understand how everyday activities are contributing to the decline of Puget Sound," said Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Director Brian Ziegler. "Everyone who lives in Pierce County can do things that will make our waters safer and cleaner."

Simple things, like using compost for lawn fertilizer, taking your car to a commercial car wash, and putting pet waste in the trash keeps pollution out of local waterways. When it rains, excess garden chemicals, spilled automotive fluids, and harmful bacteria from pet waste and manure are washed down the street and into storm drains. The storm drains do not lead to treatment plants, but discharge directly into natural waterways such as lakes, rivers, streams, and Puget Sound.

Visit for pollution-prevention information, including links to city programs money-saving coupons for compost, pet waste bags, and car washes. For more on how to be healthier, safer and smarter, visit the environmental health pages at


Teresa Lewis

Pierce County Public Works and Utilities

253 798-2480

Hunter George

Pierce County Communications Director

253 798-6606 z

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