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Improve Water Quality
Clean Water = Oyster-Give-Away
The Oyster-Give-Away Program aims to address excess nutrient input and pollution that affects local harvest. People contribute more nutrients than most marine systems can handle, which leads to excess algae growth, oxygen depletion and clouded waters. Ensuring your septic system is disposing waste properly is an easy way to maintain the heath of Puget Sound. We’re asking residents of Bainbridge Island to have their septic systems inspected and maintained and we will salute them for helping to improve local marine waters with a dozen FREE Oysters from the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm (PMCSF).
If interested, you’ll need a reservation and a copy of your inspection certificate to receive your free oysters. The oysters will be distributed come spring, but don’t hesitate to schedule the inspection now. Time has a way of getting away from us. The Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm is alive and well thanks to continued awareness and actions people are taking to maintain and improve local waters. This program is intended to provide tasty incentives for addressing water quality issues. Please join us!
Thanks to Kitsap Public Health District, the Bloedel Reserve, and PMCSF CSA members for making the Oyster-Give-Away Program possible.
If it’s on the Ground, it’s in the water!
Water quality plays an important role in the health of our aquatic ecosystems and our ability to enjoy our marine resources. With our effective storm drainage systems, stormwater runoff quickly and directly washes into our waterways carrying with it anything in its path including pet waste, trash, fertilizer, and pollutants. Fish, clams, oysters, crab, and other critters swim and eat in these waters, and so do we! The good news is that we can all make simple adjustments in our lives to reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in our waterways. When we keep our waterways healthy, we keep ourselves healthy.
Pick up Pet Waste- Scoop it, Bag it, and Put it in the Trash!
- Pet waste is raw sewage and should be treated as such! When it rains, harmful pathogens travel across lawns, sidewalks, and streets into storm water drains and eventually into Puget Sound degrading our water quality and potentially contaminating shellfish. Much of this pet waste problem can simply be addressed in our own back yards by regularly picking up after our own four-legged friends.
Regularly Inspect and Maintain Septic Systems
- Septic systems that leak sewage can contaminate our waterways with disease-causing pathogens and viruses. And, like pet waste, sewage adds excessive nutrients to aquatic ecosystems which can spur algal growth and deplete the oxygen that fish and shellfish depend on. Most septic systems should be inspected once a year and tanks should be pumped every three to five years depending on size and usage.
Herbicides and pesticides are made to kill and that‘s exactly what they do when they get washed into our waterways. Even fertilizers which contain phosphates and nitrates have a deadly effect on aquatic plants and animals. Try to avoid using these products, but if you have to, use them sparingly or find natural alternatives like compost. You can also plant native species, which are often more resilient to pests and disease and require much less maintenance overall.
- Hazardous organisms found in dog waste
- WSU Master Gardeners: Helpful information about environmentally friendly gardening.
- Washington State Department of Health, Office of Shellfish and Water Protection: Find out more about septic systems and maintenence.
- Kitsap Health District: Beach closures, stream advisories, information on onsite sewage systems.
- Puget Sound Starts Here: Find local resources and organizations in your area.