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Clallam County annual BEACH report

The Makah Tribe sampled five beaches in Clallam County year-round for their BEACH Program.

As part of the Washington BEACH Program, Clallam County sampled three beaches weekly for bacteria levels from May 23 through Aug. 30, 2016.The sampled beaches in 2016 were:

  • Cline Spit County Park beach
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Salt Creek Recreation Area beach

More details on each beach are below.

Cline Spit Beach

Keeping beaches safe

The Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication & Health (BEACH) Program ensures that marine water is safe to swim and play in and informs the public if water doesn't meet swimming standards.

During the 2016 beach season, 61 public beaches on coastlines were sampled from Memorial Day through Labor Day. High-use beaches were sampled weekly or biweekly for enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria. High enterococcus levels are linked to swimmer illness.

Clallam County saltwater swimming beaches

Eight beaches in Clallam County were sampled in 2016. The Makah Tribe sampled five of these beaches year-round for their BEACH Program.

Makah Tribe BEACH program

During 2016, the Makah Tribe sampled five beaches year-round:

  • Dakwas Park Beach, Neah Bay
  • Front Street Beach, East
  • Hobuck Beach
  • Sooes Beach
  • Third Beach, Neah Bay

You can view monitoring results for the Makah Tribe beaches through the Coastal Atlas BEACH data portal. In the dropdown menu, under Select a Location - County, choose "Clallam."

Washington state BEACH program

As part of the Washington state BEACH program, Clallam County sampled three beaches weekly from May 23 through Aug. 30, 2016. Details on each of the beaches Clallam County sampled are presented in the text below.

Cline Spit County Park beach

During the 2016 monitoring period, Cline Spit County Park beach had good water quality. In 2015, this beach did not meet swimming standards for the period sampled, because the 90th percentile bacteria levels (384 enterococci) exceeded the swim standard of 276.

In 2016, Cline Spit beach met the swimming standard for both the geometric mean and the 90th percentile, except for one period of high bacteria levels on Aug. 22, 2016, that resulted in a closure being issued. This is an improvement from the 2015 sampling season when Cline Spit had four high-bacteria-level events during routine monitoring.

Hollywood beach

During the 2016 swim season, Hollywood beach had good water quality. On June 14, this beach had bacteria levels in the advisory range, but subsequent sampling showed that bacteria levels had dropped into the safe swimming range. This is an improvement from the 2015 swim season that had several swim closures and advisories issued.

On April 21, 2016, BEACH Program staff conducted a shoreline survey at Hollywood beach. A recommendation was made to install a pet-waste station at the entrance to the beach to help improve water quality.

Salt Creek Recreation Area beach

During the 2016 swim season, this beach had very good water quality. All sampling events had bacteria levels in the safe swimming range.

The chart below summarizes the bacteria levels in these three beaches in relation to the EPA swimming standard:

  Geometric Mean 90th Percentile
EPA Swimming Standard ≤ 35 ≤ 276
Cline Spit County Park Beach 20 134
Hollywood Beach 16 45
Salt Creek Recreation Area Beach 14 27