Stories for WRIA 15*


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

Barker Creek: The Future of a Watershed
This small but important stream had persistently high fecal coliform levels. A multi-agency group came together to create the Barker Creek Alternative Futures Plan. Work done through this project resulted in improved water quality in the Barker Creek watershed by finding and correcting sources of pollution, and implementing several key farm plans and agricultural best management practices.
(Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Lakeside Life Lessons: A Community's Commitment to a Healthier Watershed
Long Lake, in Kitsap County, has been plagued with frequent toxic algae blooms and inundated with dense noxious weeds, making beneficial uses such as swimming, fishing, and boating almost impossible to enjoy. In 2005, with the help of Senator Bob Oke, Kitsap County received special appropriations funding totaling $950,000 to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for Long Lake. The plan addresses water quality impairments, provides public education and helps to promote individual responsibility for phosphorus source control throughout the watershed. (also see Cleanup Polluted Waters)
(Clean-up water pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Low Impact Development Stormwater Grant Program: City of Bremerton - Bremerton Parks and Recreation Department
Utilizing low impact development (LID) principles in Blueberry Park is an opportunity to convey important environmental values to students and the surrounding neighborhood of this actively used park.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Low Impact Development Stormwater Grant Program: City of Poulsbo - Caldart Avenue Stormwater LID Project
As part of a project to improve motorized and pedestrian safety on a portion of Caldart Avenue, which is in a rapidly growing neighborhood in the city of Poulsbo, the city installed low impact development (LID) elements to help retain and treat stormwater runoff.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Masked Bandits Make Problems for Shellfish
What is the connection between raccoons and shellfish? One Kitsap Health inspector tells Ecology how he discovered a large raccoon population and why the Kitsap Public Health District thinks this is a much larger issue that needs to be addressed.
(Clean-up water pollution, Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Poulsbo Cleans up a Lot on Liberty Bay
Samples of stormwater flowing into Liberty Bay from a parking lot in downtown Poulsbo showed large pollutant concentrations. With the help of an Ecology grant, the city was able to install stormwater tools to reduce the amount of pollution entering Liberty bay from the parking lot and beautify the downtown corridor in the process.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance; Clean-up water pollution)

Wheel-of-Water: Turns heads toward terrific new behaviors to protect aquatic treasures
Ecology found a way to compete for attention at fairs and other events while getting our water quality message across in a fun and entertaining way. A very impressive 30-inch "Wheel-of-Fortune"-type device engages people using a solid and attractive spinning wheel that could be safely manipulated by even small children, and brightly colored graphics from Water Quality′s series of light-hearted graphics from the "Washington Waters – Ours to Protect."
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)


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* The Department of Ecology and other state resource agencies frequently use a system of "Watershed Resource Inventory Areas" or "WRIAs" to refer to the state's major watershed basins.


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Last updated July 2014