Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC)
PIC Program Information
The Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) Program is designed to improve the water quality of Sequim and Dungeness Bays by investigating sources of bacterial pollution. Many of these pollutants are deposited in the bay by the rivers and streams of the Dungeness Watershed, which drains 215 square miles of the surrounding area. After narrowing the search down to the most impacted areas, sources of pollution are tracked down and cleaned up. The program was developed as a response to poor water quality and shellfish bed closures in Dungeness Bay.
When Pollution Is Detected
Whether the problem stems from farm animal runoff, a faulty septic system, or another cause, we can advise homeowners on the steps they can take. We can help:
- Monitor water quality changes and report to the community
- Inform property owners of financial and technical resources available including Craft 3 Clean Water Loans and Conservation District cost-share programs
- Refer landowners to our partners specializing in septic or farm animal best practices
- Provide a host of septic resources through Clallam County's Onsite Program including the onsite inspection rebate program.
Of course, prevention is the best solution! We can keep small problems from becoming big ones by maintaining septic systems, cleaning up pet waste, using agricultural best management practices, and not feeding wildlife.
The PIC Project is a joint effort between Clallam County Environmental Health, Clallam Conservation District, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and Streamkeepers of Clallam County. Homeowners in affected areas are also key contributors to the success of this project.
- PIC Project Updates Archive
- Annual Trends Reports Archive
- Current Shellfish Safety Map with Water Quality Classifications
If you have any questions or comments regarding the PIC Program please contact us. You can also contact the PIC Program to report suspected water pollution in the study area, sign-up for email project updates or to volunteer to help with field data collection. We can make data available in Excel or other formats upon request.