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Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Program


The Skagit County Monitoring Program, established by County Resolution R20030210 (later replaced by Resolution R20040211), is designed to determine water quality conditions and trends in agricultural-area streams in Skagit County.

Water Quality News

Skagit County Public Works announces the release of its latest water quality monitoring report, the  Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report – 2019 Water Year. This report covers the county’s ambient water quality monitoring results and analysis for the water years 2004-2019. Highlights of the report include the finding that many watercourses in Skagit County continue to be out of compliance with state water quality standards. Sixteen-year trends in water quality are a mixture of improving and deteriorating conditions in Skagit County streams. Watercourse temperatures and dissolved oxygen levels have vastly improved across nearly all sampling sites over the last five years, and none of the sites monitored were found to be significantly worse for fecal coliform counts compared to ten years ago. There continue to be problematic areas for water quality in the county, but overall, there are a lot of positive things happening. Thank you, citizens of Skagit County!

For more information contact Kevin Jackman, 360-416-1443

Reports and Data

State of Washington Water Research Center Review of Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Program.

2019 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report including Appendices B and C

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2018 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2017 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2016 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2015 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2014 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2013 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2012 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2011 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2010 Skagit County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report

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2009 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report | Cover Letter

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2008 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report

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2007 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report

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2006 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report

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2005 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report

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2004 Skagit County Monitoring Program Annual Report

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Final Water Quality Monitoring Plan
The Skagit County Monitoring Program is an extension of the Skagit County Baseline Monitoring Plan that began in 2001 and is intended to determine conditions and trends in water quality in watercourses in Skagit County’s agricultural areas.
Other Programs
Samish Bay Watershed Water Quality Monitoring Project Final Report
The Samish Bay Watershed Water Quality Monitoring Project was initiated to try to determine sources of shellfish contamination in Samish Bay, Skagit County, Washington. In 1988, under guidance from the 'Nonpoint Rule' WAC 400-12, the Samish Watershed was given third priority ranking for controlling non-point pollution in Skagit County.

BaseLine Monitoring Project (River and Stream Data)
The Baseline Monitoring Project, conducted by the Skagit County Public Works Department Surface Water Management Section, monitored water quality in streams flowing in agricultural lands of the county from July 2001 through September 2003. The goal was to establish a baseline that characterized streams in Skagit County's agricultural areas and provided a foundation to identify trends in watershed health in the agricultural areas of the Samish and Skagit River Basins. The link above leads to the final data from the Baseline study and the Baseline Final Report. (For more information contact Rick Haley, Water Quality Analyst, 360-416-1400.)

 

For more information regarding surface water quality and the ambient monitoring program, please contact:
Kevin Jackman, Water Quality Analyst
360-416-1443