Pollution in its many forms is one of the biggest threats to the Salish Sea, human health, endangered orcas, and salmon. Whether it’s contaminated runoff from roads, the fossil fuel industry releasing climate-heating gases and toxic substances, plastics in our waste stream, or simply keeping garbage off our beaches, we know tackling a problem of this magnitude takes a multi-pronged approach. That’s why we have dedicated staff working on everything from holding polluters legally accountable to training community members to spot pollution on their own.
View the Puget Sound Vital Signs report to see where Washington stands in the many measurements that indicate a healthy Salish Sea — examining our region’s economic vitality, toxics in the fish we eat, and everything in between.
Whatcom County depends on clean air and water — it makes this a special place to live. The responsibility to protect and restore our waters is an increasingly urgent one. RE Sources and the North Sound Baykeeper team have been growing and extending our reach to ensure Whatcom and Skagit Counties protects our precious water resources — Lake Whatcom, the Salish Sea, and all the rivers and streams that flow into it — before they are degraded beyond repair.
We also work to hold the fossil fuel industry in Whatcom and Skagit to higher standards. Oil companies have largely gotten a free pass in Whatcom County for over 60 years, getting major permits approved with inadequate environmental review or safety requirements, putting our communities and waterways at risk of dangerous oil spills and train explosions.
One key way you can fight pollution
Potential sources of pollution aren’t always obvious. Is something on the ground near water that seems like it shouldn’t be? Is something other than water making its way down a storm drain? Even if you aren’t sure, you can post a photo of anything that seems like it shouldn’t be going into our waterways! Learn more about how the Water Reporter app works and download our guide for spotting pollution — anytime, anywhere. Download the Water Reporter app on Android or iOS.
If you don’t have the app, call or text our Pollution Hotline Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM! (360) 220-0556