County, partners set pollution project open house

Clallam County Environmental Health and project partners Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the Clallam Conservation District and Streamkeepers of Clallam County will hold an open house regarding Pollution Identification and Correction project updates from 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.

Sequim-Dungeness beaches have experienced shellfish harvest closures for years because of high pollution levels in area waters. Fecal coliforms in local waters indicate to health officials the presence of enteric bacteria that can make people and animals sick.

Since 2014, the county environmental health officials and project partners have sought out and helped to correct pollution sources around the Lower Dungeness through the Pollution Identification and Correction program. Some examples of pollution sources include sewage systems, agriculture and pet waste.

Program work continues and the project area will now expand to include waters farther up the Dungeness watershed.

The open house features an informal format with opportunities to ask questions directly to project partners, displays and literature on project highlights, water quality monitoring results and trends, plans for project area expansion and information on financial and technical assistance available to help landowners eliminate sources of pollution.

For more information, see www.clallam.net/PIC or contact Jacob Melly at 417-2415 or EnviroHealth@co.clallam.wa.us.

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