By conducting detailed monitoring and doing a loading analysis of the creeks and stormwater outfalls that drain into Sinclair and Dyes Inlets, the agency partners will identify which inputs represent the major sources of fecal coliform bacteria. Then, the Washington Department of Ecology will work with watershed-based organizations, local governments and the Suquamish Tribe to develop a Cleanup Plan that identifies the actions needed to reduce fecal coliform inputs to the inlets. In urban areas, upgrading combined sewer overflows may help address some of the problems. In rural areas, proper septic tank maintenance and replacement of failing tanks may result in improvements in stream water quality. Encouraging landowners with horses or other domestic animals to manage manure properly and fence off streams could also be important.
Local government, with help from the ENVVEST partners, has already made important contributions toward the long term goal of reducing fecal coliform contamination in Sinclair and Dyes Inlets.
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