Mats Mats report slated for Monday

Peninsula Daily News

PORT LUDLOW — Jefferson County Public Health will present a final report on the Mats Mats Bay Water Quality Improvement Project at the Port Ludlow Fire Hall, 7650 Oak Bay Road from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday.

An earlier meeting was held Wednesday.

Public Health staff will present the results of a four-year effort to reduce sources of fecal pollution in the watershed and the bay.

Time will be given for discussion.

The Mats Mats Bay Water Quality Improvement Project is a Centennial Clean Water Project funded by the state Department of Ecology and Jefferson County.

It concludes this December and has been directed at preventing downgrades of shellfish harvest areas and keeping the waters clean for safe recreation and enjoyment.

Causes of pollution that were addressed in the project included failing septic systems and farm runoff.

Door-to-door surveys

Public Health staff conducted door-to-door septic “sanitary surveys” to help homeowners learn how to protect and monitor their septic systems.

Classes were conducted and educational newsletters sent out to all residents in the area.

Failing septic systems were repaired with financial assistance available for qualified homeowners.

For more information, phone the Public Health department at 360-385-9444 or visit www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org.

Last modified: November 29. 2012 5:43PM
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