Earth Law for the Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea

Threatened by pollution and vessel traffic, the Puget Sound needs evolved protection. The solution is Earth Law.                                         

128 supporters have signed the petition.

Four Key objectives include:

  1. Two Puget Sound Coastal Communities pass a Sustainability Rights Ordinance.

  2. Mobilize a grassroots campaign to gain legal rights for marine mammals, namely the Southern Resident Killer Whale.

  3. Create new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Puget Sound that connects existing MPAs to the Orca’s critical habitat

  4. Gain legal rights for the Nooksack River to give local communities standing to enforce the River’s rights to be free from pollution and to restoration.

Earth Law Center is partnering with Legal Rights for the Salish Sea (Gig Harbor community group) and the Nonhuman Rights Project to seek rights recognition for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population and the Salish Sea.

What will legal rights for the orca mean? You can find out in our first Puget Sound Blog

Do you live in the Salish Sea Area? Contact us today if you think ELC can help your community or to join our team of 100+ volunteers please email

Share our new infographic on the Southern Resident Killer Whales in honor of Orca Month in June: