Puget Sound: It’s Worth Saving

Puget Sound recovery efforts serve as a national model of innovation, effective and efficient partnerships, and impact-driven decisions. 

  • Federal investments are carefully integrated with, and complementary to, significant investments by local, state, for-profit, non-profit, and tribal partners―producing greater impact than the sum of the parts.
  • Every $1 million spent on watershed restoration results in 15 to 33 new or sustained jobs and generates $2.2 to $2.5 million in total economic activity.

This is a critical juncture in our recovery efforts—withdrawal of federal support would result in degradation of water quality and infrastructure, job loss, damage to critical industries, and potentially irreversible ecosystem loss.

  • Chinook salmon and the resident orca whales, which depend upon the Chinook for survival, are on the brink of unrecoverable population numbers.
  • In the Puget Sound Basin, 26.7% of employment is in water-dependent sectors, responsible for nearly $200 billion in output; in Washington, commercial and recreational fishing are estimated to support 16,000 jobs and $540 million in personal income.

Federal investment in Puget Sound recovery and protection helps fulfill treaty based responsibilities.

  • The Puget Sound is the ancestral home to 17 Native American tribes that have treaty-reserved rights, including those to natural resources. These natural resources will continue to decline without ongoing and proactive action.
  • Puget Sound tribal governments provide significant leadership, expertise, and resources toward achieving recovery and protection goals.


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