May 6, 2022 3:32 PM
Threatened Water Quality in Quilcene Bay
Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is responding to the Early Warning System report from Washington State Department of Health (DOH), released in April 2022 (available at Early Warning System & State of Classification link below).
Water quality monitoring conducted by DOH in Quilcene Bay during 2021 found increased levels of fecal coliform bacteria. JCPH's Water Quality department is reviewing this information and prioritizing the Quilcene area for pollution identification and correction work in 2022. Fecal coliform pollution can be associated with on-site septic systems, livestock, wildlife, and upstream water sampling can help identify problem areas. Approved shellfish beds in Quilcene Bay are not being downgraded at this time, but we want to be proactive to avoid any closures. JCPH will be offering septic system owners free training on maintenance and financial assistance for repairs to septic system owners. JCPH is also coordinating with the Jefferson County Conservation District, who can offer landowners assistance through a variety of programs.
Quilcene water quality will be discussed more at the upcoming Jefferson County Clean Water District Advisory Council quarterly meeting on May 12. Meeting info will be posted at the Clean Water District Advisory Council link below.