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PIC Pilot Implementation Project

What’s New with the PIC Program?

PIC Open House!

PIC Open House on June 23rd 2017at the Dungeness Schoolhouse

You’re invited to a public Open House for an update on the Pollution Identification & Correction (PIC) pilot project hosted by Clallam County Environmental Health and our project partners Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Clallam Conservation District, and Streamkeepers of Clallam County.

WHEN: Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 3:00-7:00PM

WHERE: Dungeness Schoolhouse (2781 Towne Rd, Sequim)

We’ve chosen a four-hour block so that people can drop in as their busy schedules allow.

What to Expect:

  • Informal format with opportunities to ask questions directly to project partners
  • Displays and literature on project highlights
  • Water quality monitoring results and trends
  • Discussion of plans for project area expansion to include the lower Matriotti Creek watershed
  • Opportunity to provide direction to project partners on how to best manage our waters
  • Information on financial and technical assistance available to help landowners eliminate sources of pollution
  • Opportunities to share your ideas for cleaning up pollution in your neighborhood and how you can become more involved

The previous PIC Open House was held on October 5th, 2016 with strong community involvement. A PDF version of the Oct 5th PIC informational presentation is available for public review.

Financial Assistance Available

As promised at the August 2015 PIC Open House, Clallam County Environmental Health (EH) is working to provide financial assistance to help property owners in the PIC Pilot Project Area (see map below) meet the state requirements of locating their septic system and having their septic system inspected. 

EH has acquired additional grant funds from the Washington State Department of Health so that we may provide a $100 rebate to homeowners who have their septic system professionally located and/or inspected. All paperwork for the rebate must be submitted to EH by August 31st, 2017 to be considered eligible. Don’t delay, funding is limited and rebates are reimbursed on a priority ranking basis (see link below for details).

Financial assistance such as low interest loans through Craft 3 and USDA and up to 75% cost share assistance through the Clallam Conservation District is also available to help homeowners repair or replace failing onsite septic systems. See additional information provided on these programs in the link below. 

Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC)

In 2014, the Clallam County Environmental Health, in partnership with the Clallam Conservation District, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and public, developed a Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) plan to map out a strategy for identifying and correcting sources of water pollution. For more information on the public PIC planning process, visit the Clallam Conservation District PIC web page.

Implementation of a PIC pilot project began in Summer 2015 in the lower Dungeness watershed, including the areas of Golden Sands Slough, Meadowbrook Slough, Meadowbrook Creek, and the Dungeness River. PIC work continues to show success and the project area will now expand to include waters further up the Dungeness into the Matriotti watershed.

PIC Pilot Project:

Lower Dungeness Water Quality

The marine shoreline of the Lower Dungeness watershed has abundant shellfish beds that have been harvested and enjoyed for generations. This watershed and its freshwater tributaries (including Meadowbrook Creek, Golden Sands Slough, Meadowbrook Slough, Cooper Creek, and Dungeness River) also have a long history of fecal bacteria pollution dating back to the early 1990’s.  Because of this, the tidelands surrounding the mouth of the Dungeness River are closed to shellfish harvest year-round, and other areas are closed during winter months. Over the past 15 years water quality improvements have been made, leading to shellfish area upgrades, but there is more to do.

Map of PIC Pilot Project Area

What are the water quality concerns?

This area continues to have fecal pollution problems associated with failing septic systems and animal waste. The Lower Dungeness area needs ongoing work to protect people from getting sick from direct water exposure or through shellfish consumption.  The winter months, when the ground is saturated, are when marine water quality is most impacted.  Controlling and reducing bacteria entering stormwater and inspecting and fixing septic system and proper disposal of animal waste are the priorities of the Pollution Identification & Correction (PIC) Program. Working together we can make a difference to improve water quality for today and future generations to come.

COMMON SOURCES OF FECAL POLLUTION:

Flooded Failing Septic System
Failing or flooded septic systems
Open Ditch in a Pasture
Animal waste runoff from farmland

What is being done?

Clallam County Environmental Health with its partners has implemented a Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) pilot program.  Staff will work with property owners and residents to reduce fecal pollution and provide site-specific tips on how to get the most life from onsite septic systems. If we find localized pollution in your neighborhood, we will:

  • Contact you to arrange a meeting on your property
  • Provide you with your septic records and free technical assistance about how to get the most life from your septic investment
  • Ask permission to see your septic system, and in some cases, collect water samples and perform dye testing
  • Help you prevent fecal pollution
  • Monitor water quality changes and report to the community
  • Inform you of financial and technical resources available to help homeowners if a fecal pollution problem is identified on their properties

Please use the contact links below if you have any questions or comments regarding the PIC Implementation Process.

Clallam County Health & Human Services
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