Health of Puget Sound depends on everyone

OlympiaSeptember 11, 2013 

We, the residents of lands adjacent to the Salish Sea, have a collective responsibility to ensure the long-term viability, and improving health of this incredible body of water.

The picture of Sand Man Foundation board member Dave Cheal sanding varnish and paint from the Sand Man Tug, while at moorage in Puget Sound, is so indicative of the challenges we all face. Cheal, wearing a face respirator, is acutely aware of the toxic nature of the dust and varnish chips that he is cascading directly into Budd Inlet – yet he does it anyway. So, I ask the question, why?

At what point are we, as a society, going to make rational decisions for the greater good of society and the health of our planet? Puget Sound is sick, and if we don’t demand better of our neighbors, businesses, government and ourselves, it shall stay that way.

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