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Focus Sheet: Water Quality in Snohomish County - Cleaning up bacteria in Snohomish River tributaries

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00-10-020April 2000
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Author(s) Wright, R.
Description As one of the fastest growing counties in Washington, Snohomish County faces many water quality challenges. The Snohomish River, which flows from the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers near Monroe to the Puget Sound at Everett, has not been meeting state water quality standards. In 1999, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) developed a “Water Cleanup Plan” for the Snohomish River to meet and stay within mandated water quality standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved this plan. However, in order for the river to meet water quality standards, Ecology must also develop a cleanup plan for the tributaries of the Snohomish River — Quilceda, Allen, Woods and French creeks, the Marshlands and Pilchuck River.
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Keywords Endangered Species Act, county, creek, Snohomish River, Focus sheet, environmental, flow, fish, study, cleanup, river, water cleanup plan, order, water, water quality, quality, wood, tribe, endangered species, Environmental Protection Agency, bacteria