The Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication, and Health (BEACH) Program Bacterial Assessment at Recreational Swim and Shellfish Beach.
Regional Priority Approach
SHELL1.9: Improve water quality to prevent downgrades and achieve upgrades of shellfish harvesting areas
Washington State Department of Ecology
Puget Sound Partnership
Julianne Ruffner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2023 - 2025
Estimated Total Cost
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Address overarching priorities to increase and protect harvestable shellfish acres Improve water quality to prevent downgrades and achieve upgrades of shellfish harvesting areas
The BEACH Program will conduct two years of weekly monitoring for fecal indicator bacteria at public saltwater swimming and shellfish beaches from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Bacteria data collected will provide information on the status of recreational shellfish beds, including information on improving or worsening bacterial levels. Bacterial water quality in recreational harvest areas are indicative of bacterial water quality in commercial and tribal shellfish harvest areas since the majority of recreational shellfish beaches are adjacent to these harvest areas. BEACH Program staff and local BEACH Partners will conduct weekly...
Targeted Puget Sound Recovery Progress Measure
No Expected Accomplishments provided
- Enabling Conditions - Monitoring
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