Stories for Ecology's Southwest Region

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


Aquatic Invasive Plants: Removing Brazilian Elodea from Battle Ground Lake
Joint project with Department of Ecology and Battle Ground State Park to work on eradicating Brazilian Elodea from a freshwater lake.
(Clean-up water pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance)

Chehalis Basin Education Consortium: Educating Teachers, Students, and the Community
This outreach and education consortium teaches local schoolchildren and citizens about the importance of protecting the quality of their local water bodies. The consortium provides hands-on experience in water quality monitoring, riparian restoration, and other projects.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

City of Olympia -- Decatur Street LID Demonstration Project
Stormwater runoff from two blocks of Decatur Street SW from 9th to 11th Avenues entered the traditional stormwater system that currently pipes the runoff to Schneider Creek and into Puget Sound. During 2007 and 2008, the city of Olympia re-constructed those two blocks for a low impact development (LID) demonstration site.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution

Clallam County: Educating Homeowners About Their Septic Systems
The lack of routine inspection and maintenance of home on-site septic systems was an identified issue in the Dungeness Bay shellfish downgrade and water cleanup (TMDL) response plan, along with several other nonpoint and watershed plans. Clallam County piloted a “Do It Yourself” (DIY) inspection training program to help participants recognize and correct system problems before their systems caused a larger problem.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Cleaning up Salmon Creek: Stakeholder Commitment Makes a Difference
In 2001, a temperature and turbidity TMDL was approved for the Salmon Creek watershed in Clark County. Dedicated stakeholders have completed a number of implementation activities since 2001. A recent Ecology report analyzing 20 years of water quality data collected in the watershed indicates that the implementation activities have resulted in significant improvements in water quality.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Dungeness Bay Water Cleanup: Parnerships build success
In the 1990s increasing bacteria levels led the Washington State Department of Health (WDOH) to close shellfish beds in Dungeness Bay. Ecology, Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, Clallam County, the Clallam Conservation District, and the local Streamkeepers volunteers came together to create the Dungeness Clean Water Workgroup to begin cleanup.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Grayland Cranberry Growers Get Pesticides Out of Water and Reduce Costs
In 1996, cranberry growers were un a difficult position when water samples showed high levels of pesticides in Grayland Ditch. The local cranberry economy was so fragile that most growers couldn't afford to install new best management practices. In order to address the economic and social concerns, as well as water quality, the Washington Department of Ecology decided to try a non-regulatory, direct-implementation approach.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Skokomish River TMDL Cleans Up Bacteria
A cooperative effort with Ecology, residents, the Skokomish Tribe, upland and marine-based businesses, local, state, and federal agencies contributed to the cleanup of the Skokomish River.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Vancouver Helps Protect Vancouver′s Water
The city of Vancouver created a consensus team, made up of representatives of environmental, business, industry, and regulatory groups. They patiently worked through their differences to develop an ordinance and other resources to protect the city′s surface, storm, and ground waters.
(Clean-up water pollution; Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution; Provide excellent technical and financial assistance; Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)


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