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Clean Water District

Clean Water District Advisory Council

Background about the Council

In August 2011, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 35-11 creating the Clean Water District Advisory Council. The council will assist with Jefferson County’s long range approach to achieving and sustaining clean surface water. Primary goals are the creation of a Water Quality Improvement Plan for East Jefferson County, evaluation of program effectiveness, and long-term funding solutions. Operating procedures were agreed to in 2012. There are 9 positions on the council:

Organization Name
Jefferson Board of County Commissioners David Sullivan
Jefferson County Public Health Michael Dawson
Jefferson County Public Works Zoe Ann Lamp
Jefferson County Conservation District Jill Zarzeczny
Port Townsend City Council Deborah Stinson
Commercial Shellfish Growers Dave Steele
Citizen, District #1 Richard Wojt
Citizen, District #2 Amy Leitman
Citizen, District #3 Richard Hull


Upcoming Meetings


Thursday, May 11, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Pacific Room, Jefferson County Public Health
615 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

For more information call Michael Dawson at (360) 385-9444 or email.

Click for Agenda.



Date Agenda Meeting Summary
June 14, 2012 CWDACagenda20120614.pdf CWDACminutes20120614.pdf
July 24, 2012 CWDACagenda20120724.pdf CWDACminutes20120724.pdf
October 26, 2012 CWDACagenda20121026.pdf CWDACminutes20121026.pdf
December 4, 2012 CWDACagenda20121204.pdf CWDACminutes20121204.pdf
March 26, 2014 CWDACagenda20140326.pdf CWDACminutes20140326.pdf
September 24, 2014 CWDACagenda20140924.pdf CWDACminutes20140924.pdf
December 11, 2014 CWDACagenda20141211.pdf CWDACminutes20141211.pdf
February 12, 2015 CWDACagenda20150212.pdf CWDACminutes20150212.pdf
May 14, 2015 CWDACagenda20150514.pdf CWDACminutes20150514.pdf
September 10, 2015 CWDACagenda20150910.pdf CWDACminutes20150910.pdf
November 12, 2015 CWDACagenda20151112.pdf CWDACminutes20151112.pdf
May 12, 2016 CWDACagenda20160512.pdf CWDACminutes20160512.pdf
August 11, 2016 CWDACAgenda20160811.pdf  


Clean Water District Water Quality Monitoring Plan 2015

Clean Water District Prioritized Work Plan 2015

2015-16 Annual Report


District Map


Jefferson County established a Clean Water District to protect surface water quality and shellfish resources in 2007. To read the ordinance, please see Jefferson County Code Chapter 8.65. In January 2007 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) downgraded the classification of a portion of the commercial shellfish growing area in Discovery Bay due to impacts of non-point source pollution. DOH also listed Mats Mats Bay as an area of concern. Contamination of marine water was found through routine monitoring by DOH of fecal coliform bacteria. Jefferson County responded in several ways; by initiating Clean Water Projects in Discovery Bay, Chimacum Creek, Hood Canal and Mats Mats Bay, and by establishing a Clean Water District to help fund these and other projects. The Clean Water District encompasses all of eastern Jefferson County. A per parcel fee is assessed on certain parcels outside of Port Townsend and Port Ludlow. Washington State law guides the creation of Shellfish Protection Districts in RCW Chapter 90.72. In 1992, the state legislature found that "...shellfish harvesting is important to our economy and way of life" and concluded that "...existing entities, including conservation districts and local health departments, should be used by counties to address the water quality problems affecting the recreational and commercial shellfish harvest." The goal is to create "...programs designed to prevent further degradation and contamination and to allow for restoration and reopening of closed shellfish growing areas."

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