We are pleased to announce the return of Communities for a Healthy Bay’s fall fundraiser, Stand for Our Sound. This year we are excited to welcome Washington Conservation Voters Political Director, Joy Stanford as our Honorary Chair. A number of awards will be presented by CHB to Pierce County residents for their outstanding environmental and clean water advocacy, including the Environmental Justice Service Award, the Clean Water Hero in Elected Office Award, the Healthy Bay Champion Award, the Rising Tide Award, and the Kay Treakle Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please join us in celebrating exceptional people that drive positive change through service to others and the preservation and protection of Commencement Bay and its surrounding waterways.

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Who We Are

For 30 years, Communities for a Healthy Bay has brought people together to achieve a clean and healthy Commencement Bay that benefits both our community and the surrounding ecosystem that calls Puget Sound home. Our work is driven by a passion for the natural environment and our community; by a steadfast commitment to good science, strategic action and organizational excellence; and by a conviction that together we can accomplish more.

What We Do

Our goal as a Tacoma-based environmental nonprofit is to engage people to clean up, restore and protect Commencement Bay, its surrounding waters and natural habitat. We work closely with county and local government agencies, members of the community, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations to serve as an unbiased positive voice for the health and welfare of Commencement Bay and South Puget Sound.

Our Vision, Our Future

The actions we take together right now are important to protecting our environment and communities–and for ensuring we achieve a cleaner, healthier future. Whether it’s going out on bay patrol to monitor and patrol for pollution, working with local and state government to advocate for positive policy changes to prevent further pollution and safeguard communities, or pushing for the best possible clean ups of existing contaminated sites, we’re working to set a leading environmental standard here in Tacoma that impacts other places around the world.


Bay Patrol

As the only environmental organization with a patrol vessel in the South Sound, we have the unique ability to safeguard local waters and quickly tackle pollution that would have otherwise gone unnoticed or unchecked.

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Superfund Cleanups

The very core of our work is mobilizing the community to push for the effective cleanup of toxic contamination in and around Commencement Bay. While there is no doubt the bay is cleaner today than ever before, there is still much work to be done.

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Climate Change

Climate change isn’t just a fact, it’s the reality we are facing today. To stop it, we need to drastically reduce the amount of pollution we create. That’s why we’re working to place a temporary freeze on future fossil fuel facilities and expansions in the Tacoma Tideflats.

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To achieve a cleaner future, we’re working closely with local classrooms to empower the next generation of environmental stewards through youth education efforts like our Student Stewards Conservation Program. 

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Communities for a Healthy Bay cannot exist in a vacuum – we must collaborate, mobilize and genuinely listen to the community. We recognize that we all want a cleaner, healthier environment because we all share this watershed and experience its environmental burdens and benefits. Communities for a Healthy Bay can only meaningfully achieve our mission through genuine partnerships with our community.

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