To protect and restore commercial shellfish areas, Kitsap County is conducting routine marine shoreline E. coli bacteria monitoring. The Kitsap Public Health District is making great progress towards its monitoring goals and it has just completed wet weather shoreline surveys of Miller Bay, Hood Canal 4 & 5, Yukon Harbor and Manchester - totaling more than 18 miles!
Health District staff has also surveyed all shoreline public access areas within the Poulsbo, Bremerton, and Port Orchard to identify pollution sources to public beaches.
In 2015, two sewage discharges have been identified to the open shellfish growing area in Yukon Harbor. The Health District is undertaking corrective actions to mitigate pollution.
By Kimberly Jones, Environmental Health Specialist, Kitsap Public Health District