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Kitsap County annual BEACH report

Twelve beaches in Kitsap County were sampled weekly from May 24 through Aug. 30, 2016:

  • Arness County Park
  • Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Fay Bainbridge Park
  • Illahee State Park
  • Indianola Dock
  • Joel Pritchard Park
  • Lions Field
  • Point No Point Lighthouse Park
  • Pomeroy Park - Manchester Beach
  • Scenic Beach State Park
  • Silverdale Waterfront Park

Details on each beach are presented in the text below.

Lions Field Beach inn Kitsap County

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.

Kitsap County swimming beaches

Twelve beaches in Kitsap County were monitored weekly from May 24 through Aug. 30, 2016.

Arness County Park beach

During the 2016 swim season, Arness County Park beach had very good water quality. This beach met the swimming standards for all periods sampled.

Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park beach

Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park beach had very good water quality. This beach met the swimming standards for all periods sampled.

Evergreen Park beach

This beach had very good water quality and met the swimming standard during all periods sampled. However, combined sewer overflows in Port Washington Narrows during heavy rains led to swimming advisories from Jan. 21-27 and March 10-13. We conducted a shoreline survey at this beach on August 3, 2016.

Fay Bainbridge Park beach

Fay Bainbridge Park beach had good water quality. On June 13, sampling results were in the closure range, but subsequent sampling showed that bacteria levels had dropped into the safe swimming range. The beach met the swimming standards for all other periods sampled.

Illahee State Park beach

Illahee State Park beach had very good water quality. This beach met the swimming standard for all periods sampled. BEACH Program staff conducted a shoreline survey at this beach on Aug. 3, 2016.

Indianola Dock beach

Indianola Dock beach had good water quality. On June 13, sampling results were in the advisory range, but subsequent sampling showed bacteria levels dropped back into the safe swimming range. This beach met the swimming standard during all other periods sampled.

Joel Pritchard Park beach

Joel Pritchard Park beach had excellent water quality. This beach met the swimming standards during all periods sampled.

Lions Field beach

Lions Field beach had excellent water quality. This beach met the swimming standard during all periods sampled. However, due to combined sewer overflows in Port Washington Narrows during heavy rains, this beach was closed to swimming on Jan. 21-27, 2016 and March 10-13, 2016.

Point No Point Lighthouse Park beach

Point No Point Lighthouse Park beach had good water quality. On May 24, sampling results were in the closure range, but subsequent sampling showed that bacteria levels had dropped into the safe swimming range. This beach met the swimming standard during all other periods sampled.

Pomeroy Park beach

Pomeroy Park beach had two sampling events with high bacteria levels. On Aug. 8, results were in the closure range, and on Aug. 22, results were in the advisory range. Subsequent sampling after each of these event showed that bacteria levels had dropped into the safe swimming range so no closure or advisory was issued.

Scenic Beach State Park beach

Scenic Beach State Park beach had excellent water quality. This beach met swimming standards during all periods sampled.

Silverdale Waterfront Park beach

Silverdale Waterfront Park beach had excellent water quality. This beach met swimming standards during all periods sampled. However, this beach was closed to swimming due to a sewage spill on Aug.29-Sept. 2, 2016.

Data summary: Bacteria results compared to standards

The chart below summarizes the bacteria levels in these 12 beaches in relation to the EPA swimming standard:

  Geometric Mean 90th Percentile
EPA Swimming Standard ≤ 35 ≤ 276
Arness County Park 12 22
Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park 12 22
Evergreen Park 10 12
Fay Bainbridge Park 13 59
Illahee State Park 12 23
Indianola Dock 14 38
Joel Pritchard Park 10 11
Lions Field 12 22
Point No Point Lighthouse Park 12 40
Pomeroy Park - Manchester Beach 19 77
Scenic Beach State Park 10 11
Silverdale Waterfront Park 10 14