On the Farm

Read the latest from the Farm Planning and Agricultural Assistance Program.

View All Posts

Sep 01

Working With Landowners to Clean Up Our Water

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM by Allan Warren

South Prairie CrStarting in fall of 2015, the Department of Ecology will be working with landowners and other partners in the Puyallup and White River watersheds to solve water quality problems. This is the start of a more focused effort to implement existing water cleanup plans for these watersheds. There are several completed water cleanup plans for these watersheds, but those of greatest concern for this effort include:

  • Puyallup River Fecal Coliform
  • Puyallup River BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand) and Ammonia
  • South Prairie Creek Fecal Coliform and Temperature

More information about these and other water cleanup plans can be found at Ecology’s website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/tmdl/TMDLsbyWria/tmdl-wria10.html

Ecology staff will be working with landowners in the Puyallup and White River watersheds to identify and fix water quality problems. The evaluation process used by Ecology will identify water quality problems, prioritize work and directly follow up with landowners to help them fix water pollution problems.

 Staff will be in the field in 2015 with several priority areas:

  • South Prairie Creek and its tributaries
  • Boise Creek
  • Pussyfoot Creek
  • Second Creek

Ecology’s field protocol this year will include partnering to provide outreach, ensuring more specific information is reaching landowners, offering site visits, and providing clear timelines for action.

Ecology will also partner with conservation districts and agriculture groups to host workshops for landowners so producers can learn about the current health of their watershed, and the resources available to promote a healthy operation and protect clean water.

If you have questions about Ecology’s water cleanup effort contact: Donovan Gray 360 407-6407 or dogr461@ecy.wa.gov If you would like assistance with improving water quality in your area, contact Donovan or Pierce Conservation District at 253 845-9770.