Water Quality Program


About us

Water is one of our region’s most valuable resources.  From the glaciers on Mt. Rainier to the salt water of Puget Sound and all the streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes in between, Pierce County is filled with water.

The District works with citizen volunteers to monitor the health of our streams and rivers in order to educate the public about how our daily lives impact our local water.

The data collected through our Stream Team Program helps promote low-impact development practices, informs public agencies of problem areas, and inspires citizen action to improve our water quality.

The District also engages citizens in action initiatives through our rain garden, Depave, and streamside planting programs. These programs directly improve the water quality of our region by filtering out pollutants and reducing stormwater runoff. Collectively, the efforts create an informed public and help local communities meet Clean Water Act standards. 


Urban Water Quality

Landowner assistance to implement water quality projects on private property. 

Volunteer Monitoring

Learn more about how to become a stream or lake monitor.  

Habitat Stewardship

Become a habitat steward and help restore urban green spaces. Lead crews, plantings, work parties. 


If you would like to volunteer or would like information on volunteer opportunities, please contact the Water Quality Improvement Program’s main line 253.845.9770 x109 or contact Water Quality Director Melissa Buckingham at Melissab@Piercecd.org.