We invite you to comment on the draft Budd Inlet Dissolved Oxygen water cleanup plan.
This waterbody is on Washington's polluted waters list for dissolved oxygen problems. Years of monitoring data show that dissolved oxygen levels in Budd Inlet are critically low, especially in late summer and early fall. Too many nutrients in a waterbody can cause algae to grow at excessive rates. When the algae decomposes, it uses up oxygen, creating low dissolved oxygen conditions and robbing fish of the oxygen they need to breathe.
Once finalized and implemented, this plan should lead to an increase in dissolved oxygen levels within Budd Inlet. Higher dissolved oxygen will help the Budd Inlet ecosystem and enhance local fishing, shellfishing, and other aquatic life uses. The plan describes what needs to happen to clean up the pollution so that Budd Inlet meets water quality standards.
The federal Clean Water Act requires states to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) — or water quality improvement project — plan for each water body on the state's polluted waters list, also known as the 303(d) list. This science-based approach assigns a numerical value that represents the highest amount of a pollutant a surface water body can receive and still meet the water quality standards. Learn more about the TMDL process.