South Skagit Bay assessment
Shellfish beds in South Skagit Bay were downgraded to “threatened” in 2017 by the Washington State Department of Health (Health). Some of the beds have elevated bacteria levels, which means people who eat shellfish have an increased risk of illness.
To improve water quality in South Skagit Bay, both Ecology and Health's Shellfish Division identified South Skagit Bay as a priority area for outreach and technical assistance. Action now to address pollution sources to the bay will help keep shellfish beds open and ensure that harvests from the bay are safe for people to eat.
Map of Sampling Locations
Identifying pollution sources
To help the local community identify where and how to reduce bacteria levels, we are expanding our work to identify pollution sources and improve local water quality to South Skagit Bay. That work includes four major elements.
We want to work with you
When water pollution affects shellfish beds, they must be closed for safety. If bacteria levels worsen in South Skagit Bay, up to 2,260 acres of shellfish beds could be closed to harvesting. We look forward to working with you to prevent a closure of shellfish beds in South Skagit Bay and ensuring access to safe clean local waters for your family and generations to come.
Water Cleanup (TMDL) Lead