Beaches, Lakes, Rivers
The Snohomish Health District protects the environment and water quality of the county’s lakes, rivers, and the Puget Sound waterfront by:
- Regulating septic systems and solid waste
- Reducing hazardous waste in homes and businesses
- Supporting community efforts to prevent pollution
If you are concerned about an immediate water pollution problem that might be a threat to you or the environment, please call 911. For other pollution concerns, contact the Snohomish County Surface Water Management.
Lake and beach water quality
The water at swimming beaches is not treated, and the Snohomish Health District does not regulate lake and river water quality. Local sanitary codes require public beaches to provide information on how to prevent illness. The water quality in many local lakes is monitored by the Snohomish County Surface Water Management with the help of community volunteers.
For updates on Snohomish County water quality, residents should use the following resources:
Preventing water pollution
The health of the Snohomish County environment and water system is essential to the health and vitality of our communities, which is why the Snohomish Health District focuses on preventing sources of pollution from entering the environment.
Our Local Source Control program offers education and technical assistance to Snohomish County small businesses, schools, and government entities in the following areas:
- Spill prevention
- Waste management
- Stormwater issues
- Toxic and hazardous waste impact
- Reuse and recycling of solid waste
Stillaguamish River Clean Water District
The Snohomish County created the Clean Water District in 1993 to help clean up Port Susan and other areas that had been closed to shellfish harvesting due to pollution. The Snohomish Health District has a staff member on the Stillaguamish River Clean Water District advisory board, which guides the spending of Clean Water District revenues on services such as:
- Technical and financial assistance to landowners
- Shellfish protection efforts
- Water quality monitoring and pollution control
- Drainage and flooding assistance
- Salmon recovery projects
Clean Water District meetings are open to the public.