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Our Bay Patrol spotted a gorgeous humpback whale by #pointdefiance yesterday! Whale watching doesn't get any better than this. 🐋#healthybay #253whales #commencementbay

The office building looks pretty spooky when Commencement Bay is this foggy! #healthybay #foggybay

Thanks for using my photo for your "FunFactFriday"! @citizensforahealthybay ☺️
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#FunFactFriday! Did you know that the #PuyallupRiver watershed, the area of land that drains to #CommencementBay, covers over 1,000 square miles and includes 728 miles of streams? #HealthyBay PC: @wolfelifemoments

Fisheries Victoria scientist Dr Paul Hamer talking Port Phillip Bay shellfish restoration and deployment of new reef with Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford. #fisheriesvic #healthybay #fishing #reef #portphillipbay

Lighting conditions today

Finding a lot of these little guys in the bay these days. Which is good news. Healthy bays have more scallops #bayscallops #healthybay #tampabay

Star fish at Elwood beach! Who would have thought? Beautiful day.
#starfish #beach #healthybay #studioelwood

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As people are drawn to the waters of the bay for recreation such as sailing, fishing, surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, clean water is an essential component for this fun. Our volunteers and staff collect and analyze water samples for eight shoreline sites each month to keep track of the health of our waters. All of this work takes about 150 hours per yea, but it’s worth it.

Samples are tested for enterococcus, which is a bacteria that can indicate the presence of fecal matter in marine waters. This and other potentially harmful bacteria can reach the bay through sewage spills from treatment plants or boat-waste holding tanks, as well as waste from wildlife and domestic animals. While low levels of enterococcus are expected, when the levels get too high, the water can make people sick.

Recent results show that our bay is safe for recreation in most areas. Indicator bacteria levels at certain sites in the back bay have been measured at times over the years. These levels are partly due to the physical layout of the bay. The back bay’s shallow waters do not get flushed out by the tide as frequently, because they are farther from the bay mouth and tidal channels.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Do your duty and pick up your dog's poop, whether you’re at home, at the park, or on the beach. No matter where you are, dog poop can stick around for up to one year, sending harmful bacteria into storm drains, and eventually to the bay each time it rains.
Cat-owners, don’t flush! Cats sometimes carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that doesn’t hurt them, but that can kill otters. It is estimated to account for 17% of otter deaths each year. Wastewater reclamation facilities don’t kill this parasite, so it’s important to pick up after your cat and put its waste in the trash, instead of flushing it down the toilet.

More about local water health in our 2017 State of the Bay Report: MBNEP.ORG/state-of-the-bay
#waterquality #waterhealth #monitoring #waterqualitymonitoring #healthybay #cleanwater #enterococcus #bacteria #bay #estuary #natlestuaries #morrobay #lososos #centralcoastcalifornia #california #sanluisobispo #slo #slocounty #muttsforthebay

Port of Tacoma at sunset.
I read quite a few different metaphors into the setting sun.
I went through a phase in my life when each of my lovers were represented in poetry as being the sun in it's different stations.
In this case, it is the sun setting over the crumbling remains of a dated industrial paradigm--death (meaning change). www.davinmaki.com

#death #industrial #environmental #hylebos #healthybay #cleanup #coreofengineers #art #metaphor #shotwithlove #photography #photohraphysouls #nikonshooter #nikkor #sunset🌅 #washingtonstate #pnw

Thank you to everyone who came to Green Drinks last night! We had such a great time talking with so many good people about pausing new fossil fuel projects in the Tacoma Tideflats. #healthybay #Engage253

Finding a lot of these little guys in the bay these days. Which is good news. Healthy bays have more scallops #bayscallops #healthybay #tampabay

Thank you @annapolismaritimemuseum for an amazing adventure for your Gone Fishin' week! The kids were on the fish quick and helped clean out some old monofilament pollution from the Chesapeake Bay! Shout out to @portannapolismarina for making it easy to load up these young anglers. #healthybay #teamwork #gonefishing #kidsfishing #summerfun

"If they visit In the summer, they'll want to live here!" say these relaxing seals. #tacoma #mountrainier #mtrainier #portoftacoma #seals #wildlife #portcity #waterfront #commencementbay #healthybay #pugetsound #wa

Thank you, @repderekkilmer, for going on one of our bay patrols recently to discuss the Superfund Hazard Site Cleanup Program. We really appreciate your time and effort to help protect clean water and Puget Sound. #Healthybay #Engage253

Love being on the water with these beauties ! #specialplace #healthyBay #dailygratitude #tyG#shareyourjoy

Molly staring at the duck. Asher found it too strange and didn't understand why something like that would be there blocking the view of the functional watercraft. He's a very logical thinker.

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