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About Us

Citizens for a Healthy Bay is an environmental organization whose mission is to represent and engage citizens in the cleanup, restoration and protection of Commencement Bay, the surrounding waters and our natural habitat. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing practical, solutions-based environmental leadership in the Puget Sound area.

We work side-by-side with local citizens, businesses and government to prevent water pollution and make our community more sustainable. Learn more about us and find exciting ways to get involved.

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  • History

    Citizens for a Healthy Bay was formed in 1990 to represent Tacoma citizens in the Superfund cleanup of Commencement Bay, at the time one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. Thanks to the efforts of CHB and the community, parts of the bay that were once dead zones due to industrial waste are now recovering. Learn more.

  • Who We Are

    Citizens for a Healthy Bay is guided by a team of knowledgeable individuals with experience in environmental science, education, marine operations and business. Meet our Board of Directors, Staff and Members.

  • Partnerships

    To accomplish its mission and goals, Citizens for a Healthy Bay relies on strong partnerships with a wide variety of public and private organizations and agencies. Find out who we're working with to support a cleaner, healthier environment.

  • Advocacy

    Citizens for a Healthy Bay is the community's watchdog for toxic cleanups, land use and other actions that can impact the health of our water resources. We apply the best available science developed by the use of sound scientific principles and engage all stakeholders--community, business, industry and government--through collaboration and cooperation to achieve permanent and meaningful outcomes to improve the health of our waters, the vibrancy of our communities and the continued success of our business economy. Read about our current Advocacy Initiatives.

  • Community Outreach

    Help us get the message out: invite Citizens for a Healthy Bay to speak at your next event. We offer engaging and educational presentations tailored to community organizations, concerned citizens, boaters and school groups of all ages. Learn more.

  • News and Events

    Look here for the most current updates about Citizens for a Healthy Bay in the news and around town. To read more CHB news, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter and get the latest issue of Tidings emailed to you.

  • Newsletter Archive

    Access our quarterly newsletter online! Read the latest edition of Tidings today.

  • Contact Us

    If you have a question about water pollution, habitat restoration, superfund clean-up or how to make your business more sustainable please contact our office.


    Citizens for a Healthy Bay
    535 Dock Street, Suite 213
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    Ph: 253-383-2429
    Fax: 253-383-2446
    email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Report a Polluter

    To use our Water Pollution Hotline call 253.383.2429, or our Bay Patrol direct cell: 253.255.3895 or report the incident to Citizens for a Healthy Bay online.


    The offices of Citizens for a Healthy Bay are located in the Dock Building on Dock Street. From I-5 going north or south, take exit 133 (the I-705 off ramp) towards Tacoma City Center. Exit on the left to Schuster Parkway, turn right at S 4th street. Continue on to Dock St, offices are in Dock Building (first building on left) Suite 213.