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The Skagit County PIC Program works to find and fix sources of fecal pollution brought by runoff into our rivers, creeks and bays. The program began in 2010 has seen progress through public outreach, source detection efforts and working with local partners to provide technical assistance for landowners.

The program found it’s roots in the Clean Samish Initiative (CSI). In 2009, the CSI brought together over 20 federal, state, and local organizations to address the excessive fecal coliform loading in Samish Bay (Clean Samish Initiative Partners). The CSI is still active today . The PIC program now includes the Padilla Bay Watershed, in addition to the Samish Bay Watershed, in their cleanup efforts.

Fecal Coliform

What are Fecal Coliform Bacteria?

Skagit County focuses on fecal coliform bacteria as the primary indicator of surface water quality. Fecal coliform bacteria are found in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. The presence of fecal coliform in creeks indicates potential pathogens (disease causing agents) in the water. People can be exposed to these pathogens through direct water contact such as swimming, wading, or eating shellfish from waters with high bacteria levels


 
   
 

Solutions

 
 

It is important to properly manage poop to ensure your health and your animal’s health.

Fecal Coliform pollution can be identified from collected water samples, conducting windshield surveys and site visits, and from complaints.

Our PIC program aims to collaborate with landowners to come up with solutions that will work for them and also improve water quality. There are many resources available to provide assistance to implement solutions. You can contact us and/or explore a list of resources available in Skagit County.

 
 

Sources and their Best Management Practices

 
 
Farm manure:
Mud and Manure management. Clean out manure regularly and store manure under a cover.
Route gutters away from heavily used areas.
Exclude animals from any surface water.
Pasture Management to reduce compaction and maintain grass health.
Pet Poop:
Scoop it, Bag it, and Trash it!
Dispose of pet waste while recreating and at home.
Human Poop:
Septic Systems require regular maintenance. Have your system inspected every 1-3 years.
Always empty RV and boat storage tanks at a dump station.
Pack out or bury your poop while recreating
Wildlife Poop:
Do not feed wildlife. Donate or compost excess produce from fruit trees and gardens.
Block off accesses to crawl spaces to deter wildlife seeking shelter
 
  For more information, Visit Poopsmart.org
 
 

Reports

 
 
PIC report 2019

2022 PIC Annual Report

Past reports

2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

PIC report 2019
Clean Samish Newsletter

PIC report 2019


Padilla Annual Newsletter


Reauthorization of the Skagit County Shellfish Protection District May 7, 2019

Draft Resolution


Notice of Public Hearing


Microbial Source Testing Report

EPA: Preliminary report for the SamishWatershed Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Project

Samish Microbial Source Study Presentation on Sept 28, 2011

       
 

 

 

 

 

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News

Clean Samish Annual Newsletter

Padilla Annual Newsletter

2022 PIC Annual Report

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Contact

PIC Coordinator
Contact:
Clean Water Program
(360)-416-1400
Karen Dubose kdubose@co.skagit.wa.us

Division Manager:
Jennifer E. Johnson
jennej@co.skagit.wa.us

Natural Resource Division Contacts

Physical and Mailing Address:
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Contact Skagit County Surface Water:
(360) 416-1400


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POLLUTION IDENTIFICATION AND CORRECTION PROGRAM (PIC)


The Skagit County PIC Program works to find and fix sources of fecal pollution brought by runoff into our rivers, creeks and bays. The program began in 2010 has seen progress through public outreach, source detection efforts and working with local partners to provide technical assistance for landowners.

The program found it’s roots in the Clean Samish Initiative (CSI). In 2009, the CSI brought together over 20 federal, state, and local organizations to address the excessive fecal coliform loading in Samish Bay (Clean Samish Initiative Partners). The CSI is still active today . The PIC program now includes the Padilla Bay Watershed, in addition to the Samish Bay Watershed, in their cleanup efforts.

Fecal Coliform

What are Fecal Coliform Bacteria?

Skagit County focuses on fecal coliform bacteria as the primary indicator of surface water quality. Fecal coliform bacteria are found in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. The presence of fecal coliform in creeks indicates potential pathogens (disease causing agents) in the water. People can be exposed to these pathogens through direct water contact such as swimming, wading, or eating shellfish from waters with high bacteria levels


Solutions

It is important to properly manage poop to ensure your health and your animal’s health.

Fecal Coliform pollution can be identified from collected water samples, conducting windshield surveys and site visits, and from complaints.

Our PIC program aims to collaborate with landowners to come up with solutions that will work for them and also improve water quality. There are many resources available to provide assistance to implement solutions. You can contact us and/or explore a list of resources available in Skagit County.

Sources and their Best Management Practices

Farm manure:
Mud and Manure management. Clean out manure regularly and store manure under a cover.
Route gutters away from heavily used areas.
Exclude animals from any surface water.
Pasture Management to reduce compaction and maintain grass health.
Pet Poop:
Scoop it, Bag it, and Trash it!
Dispose of pet waste while recreating and at home.
Human Poop:
Septic Systems require regular maintenance. Have your system inspected every 1-3 years.
Always empty RV and boat storage tanks at a dump station.
Pack out or bury your poop while recreating
Wildlife Poop:
Do not feed wildlife. Donate or compost excess produce from fruit trees and gardens.
Block off accesses to crawl spaces to deter wildlife seeking shelter
For more information, Visit Poopsmart.org

Reports

PIC report 2019

PIC
Annual Report

Past reports

2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

PIC report 2019
Clean Samish Newsletter

PIC report 2019


Padilla Nanual Newsletter


Reauthorization of the Skagit County Shellfish Protection District May 7, 2019

Draft Resolution


Notice of Public Hearing


Microbial Source Testing Report

EPA: Preliminary report for the SamishWatershed Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Project

Samish Microbial Source Study Presentation on Sept 28, 2011

       
News

Clean Samish Annual Newsletter

Padilla Annual Newsletter

PIC annual Report

Samish Watershed Newsletter

Stay Connected!
Join our Clean Water email list to receive news, updates and information regarding Skagit County Clean Water programs.

Contact

PIC Coordinator
Contact:
Clean Water Program
(360)-416-1400
Karen Dubose kdubose@co.skagit.wa.us

Division Manager:
Jennifer E. Johnson
jennej@co.skagit.wa.us

Natural Resource Division Contacts

Physical and Mailing Address:
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Stay Connected!
Join our Clean Water email list to receive news, updates and information regarding Skagit County Clean Water programs.

Contact Skagit County Surface Water: (360) 416-1400

Clean Water Facebook Page
Did you know Skagit County Clean Water has a Facebook page? Follow us to watch our progress and receive updates about water quality news and events!

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