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Water Quality

Sockeye salmon in a streamGood water quality is important for our health, environment and economy. Preventing pollution is the first step. The number one cause of water pollution in Puget Sound today is from polluted rain runoff that has picked up oil and gas, fertilizers, livestock and pet waste and carried it into our waterways. You can help prevent and filter stormwater at home and on the farm.

Preventing Water Pollution at Home

On the Farm and Ranch

To Report an Oil Spill

  • First call the National Response Center: 1-800-424-8802
  • Then contact the Washington State Emergency Management Division: 1-800-258-5990
  • If the spill is in the Pacific States or British Columbia also call: 1-800-OILS-911 (1-800-645-7911)

Where to get more information

Many agencies and organizations work on water quality issues. See our Links and Partners page for more.