Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck introduced the Promoting United Government Efforts To Save Our Sound (PUGET SOS) Act this week. The bill, H.R. 3630, would enhance the federal government’s role and investment in the Puget Sound. Both U.S. Representatives spoke on the House Floor. First was Rep. Heck:
Puget Sound is the largest estuary in the United States by water volume. Here is Rep. Kilmer;
Specifically, the bill integrates and aligns federal restoration efforts with the ongoing efforts of state, local, and tribal governments. It would also enhance national awareness and contribution by amending the Clean Water Act, adding a new section dedicated to Puget Sound recovery, providing lasting and structural recognition of the Puget Sound as a water body of national significance on par with the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. The bill also designates a Puget Sound Recovery Office at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Others sponsoring the bill include Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Dave Reichert (WA-08), and Adam Smith (WA-09).