How you can help clean up Liberty Bay
Boating, fishing and other recreation on Liberty Bay will
be safer and healthier with clean water!
There are a number of simple, but very important ways for residents of
Poulsbo and other citizens living near the bay to prevent bacteria pollution:
- Check your onsite septic system to be sure it is maintained and working
properly. Contact the Kitsap Health District (360-337-5235) if you need more information on how
to keep your system functioning well.
- Bag pet waste and put it in the garbage. Do not flush it down the
- Manage your livestock. Make sure they have a way to water away from
streams and ditches where their manure could pollute the water. Call
Kitsap Conservation District (360-337-7171) for best management practices
for livestock and horse manure.
- If there are streams or ditches on your property, make sure there is
natural vegetation to filter storm runoff and pollutants.
- Wash cars at commercial car washes or on your lawn, where the soap and
dirty wash water can act as a gentle fertilizer. (Car washes recycle the
wash water, so it will not get into storm drains and drain to the bay.)
- Check the street drain near your home and make sure it is not clogged
with leaves or debris. Only rain should go down the drain!
- Participate! Work with local government and neighborhood groups to share
this information and prevent pollution. If you see a spill or illegal
dumping, call Kitsap One.
Water Pollution Hotline
If you see a spill or illegal dumping, call Kitsap 1, the local stormwater
Early action by Kitsap
County Health District
KCHD began conducting marine shoreline surveys starting fall 2009. Also, KCHD is developing an innovative program to monitor and encourage the use of waste pump-outs at marinas.
Report spills and water pollution concerns during normal business
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Besides bacteria, Ecology measures
temperature, conductivity and flow at each site. Conductivity is a
measure of charged ions in the water and can indicate groundwater or
After hours call 911 for emergency concerns or leave a message at Kitsap
1 for non-emergency concerns.
Kitsap 1: 360-337-5777
Spills of oil or hazardous materials must be reported.
You may also call Ecology Northwest Regional Office 24-hour Spills Reporting
phone line at 425-649-7000.
How does Ecology determine the sources of the pollution?
Twice a month, Ecology monitors water quality at 23 creek and stormwater
drainage sites around Liberty Bay. We also measure flow in order to estimate
the bacteria load carried by creeks to the bay. Bacteria loading information
helps us determine which streams or stormwater outfalls are the most important
for cleaning up the bay.
The monitoring study follows a quality assurance project plan (QAPP), which
spells out the objectives of the study, sampling locations, and analytical
methods. As we review data for the 23 fixed sites, if we find creeks or
stormwater drains or seeps with high concentrations of bacteria, we may conduct
additional monitoring upstream, to better determine the source of the problem.
Contact us for more information
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Last updated July
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