It is no accident Puget Sound has not experienced an ecological catastrophe as has occurred in the Gulf. It is no accident because Washington governors since the late ’60s, including Chris Gregoire, have supported programs that keep Washington ecologically sound. In comparison, other state governors have preached that government is the enemy, and environmental regulatory agencies in particular are the enemies of business and progress. One, the foolish governor of Louisiana, no longer has a state economy
Puget Sound is not pristine; the sound and other water and land areas of Washington have ecological problems. Fortunately, Washington has laws, dedicated citizens (e.g., Soundkeeper Alliance) and dedicated regulators who know their regulatory work is essential to maintaining the environmental quality we have, and essential for improving the ecology of those areas that have been fouled. In the absence of regulatory oversight, Washington will experience an ecological catastrophe like the Gulf.