Cruise ships are big business for the Port of Seattle.
Last season, about 200 calls brought nearly 900,000 passengers and their wallets though the city. Projections for this season are about the same. Each call equates to about $1.9 million in local spending.
But that economic benefit comes with ecological risk.
Now the state’s Department of Ecology is backing a proposed ban on cruise ship discharges while the vessels are in Washington waters.