Human Quality of Life
Some examples of quality of life concerns include access to essential material goods, functioning marine and coastal facilities, general economic prosperity, environmental quality and community cohesion.
Human health concerns in the Puget Sound region include how pollutants in water, sediments, the atmosphere and the food supple directly impact human health.
Human and animal waste contains high levels of nutrients (such as nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorous) and pathogens (such as harmful bacteria and viruses).
These pollutants can enter Puget Sound waters from a variety of sources including the following:
Septic systems Focus on high-risk areas Sewage treatment plans Runoff from farms with livestock Fertilizers Waste discharges from boats and ships Pet waste left on the ground
Shellfish are prized resources of the Pacific Northwest, The cool, clean waters of the Puget Sound provide some of the finest shellfish habitats in the world. The Washington State is the nation’s leading producer of farmed bivalve shellfish (such as oysters, clams, mussels, and geoduck) with annual sales of approx. $100 million and major contributions from Puget Sound shellfish farms.
Speaking of health, this area of the world is breathtakingly beautiful, and so relaxing. It is a wonderful place for reflection and recuperation. If only it were possible for breast cancer chemotherapy to be given out in nature. That would be a healing promoting thing, just to be in a place like the west coast of North America.