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Western Washington University

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A Partnership Approach To Protecting And Improving Water Quality In The Shellfish Watersheds Of Pierce County, Cindy Callahan, Erin Ewald, Barbara Ann Smolko, Ray Hanowell May 2014

A Partnership Approach To Protecting And Improving Water Quality In The Shellfish Watersheds Of Pierce County, Cindy Callahan, Erin Ewald, Barbara Ann Smolko, Ray Hanowell

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

Commercial shellfish growing is a significant economic driver on the Key Peninsula of Pierce County, Washington. In response to the downgrades of several shellfish areas in the 1990’s and early 2000’s and the establishment of Shellfish Protection Districts and Closure Response Plans, it was recognized that a more proactive approach was needed. In an effort to build cooperation and a partnership across Pierce County, and address bacterial contamination in the shellfish growing areas, a Pierce County Shellfish Partners Strategic Plan was developed and formalized in March of 2013. The partnership initially included Pierce County Surface Water Management (SWM ...