County Hosts Public Meetings on Mandated Shellfish Protection District

Posted by David Haviland on March 6, 2012 at 7:30 am (746 social interactions)
County Hosts Public Meetings on Mandated Shellfish Protection District

MONTESANO, Wash. - Grays Harbor County has been mandated to create a Shellfish Protection District (SPD) due to water quality concerns in the North Beach area.
Environmental Health Director Jeff Nelson tells us  State law (RCW 90.72) requires counties to address water quality issues in shellfish harvesting areas by forming these special districts. A SPD is a geographic area designated by a county to restore and protect water quality and tideland resources by implementing appropriate response activities. Locally, recreational and commercial razor clam harvest protection is vital to the local and state economy. The area potentially affected by this action extends from Point Brown in Ocean Shores to Point Grenville north of Moclips.

Why create a Shellfish Protection District?
Because of Fecal Coliform (FC) levels in the Pacific Beach and Moclips area, the Washington State Department of Health Office of Shellfish and Water Protection (DOH) downgraded a portion of the Pacific Coast Growing Area from Approved to Conditionally Approved effective August 18, 2011.
Per RCW 90.72.045 that action necessitates the creation of a SPD. Shellfish Protection Districts already exist in at least nine other areas of Western Washington. Examples include districts in Clallam, Kitsap, Pierce, Mason, Whatcom and Skagit counties.

To begin the process, the County will hold two public meetings where state
and county representatives can provide additional information and give interested
parties the opportunity to provide input in the pre-planning, formation, and
implementation of the district.

Ocean Shores Lions Club
832 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW
Ocean Shores WA 98569
Meeting time: 2:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pacific Beach Elem. School Gym
11 4th St.
Pacific Beach WA 98571
Meeting time: 6:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2012

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