Stories for Skagit County


Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.


Improving Water Quality in the Samish: Getting the manure out of streams and shellfish beds
With help from involved citizens and motivated local officials, combined with an Ecology water quality monitoring project, Ecology discovered two agriculture-related sources of fecal coliform bacteria pollution to Samish Bay. Ecology and the Department of Agriculture worked with the operators to remove the sources and use best management practices which will help clean up the bay.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Skagit County On-Site Programs: Financial Assistance Leads to Pollution Reduction
With funding assistance from Ecology, Skagit County is educating property owners on septic system maintenance, encouraging regular septic system inspections, and providing low interest loans so property owners can repair or replace failing systems.
(Clean-up water pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Why Does Hansen Creek look like Normandy Beach?
Skagit County and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe worked together to restore natural processes to a large alluvial fan in Hansen Creek. Previous modification of the creek attempted to control sediment deposition by straightening and periodically dredging the creek. Ecology assisted local governments to remove this significant problem for farmers and fish by helping them reconstruct the natural features of the Hansen Creek alluvial fan and letting the creek do what comes naturally.
(Clean-up water pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)



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