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.
Impacts in the Colville Watershed
Data from a water quality improvement plan showed that failing septic systems were impacting some streams in the Colville River Watershed. Ecology worked with the Stevens County Conservation District and the Northeast Tri-County Health District to get grant funds to homeowners to help fix their septic systems, which helped reduce the fecal coliform bacteria load to the watershed.
(Clean-up water 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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