Safe water is essential to healthy people in healthy communities.
We want you and your family to have fun and stay healthy. We post advisories or closures when conditions are unsafe, so people and pets don't get sick. We recommend you check this list before you swim or harvest shellfish in Pierce County.
Water contact advisories.
|Waughop Lake||Toxic Algae Caution||Jul. 3, 2017||Lake may be unsafe for people and pets.
Avoid areas with algae.
|Colvos Passage||Shellfish Biotoxins
||Aug. 9, 2017||Do not eat varnish or butter clams from the beaches along Colvos Passage.
Commencement Bay Inner Waterways
|Do not eat the fish.
||Feb. 24, 2017
||Do not eat any crab, shellfish, or bottom-feeding fish from the inner waterways of Commencement Bay.
Fish and shellfish advisories.
Shellfishing conditions can change quickly, you should always check before you dig. For current state-wide conditions, check the Department of Health's map of safe areas for recreational shellfish harvesting.
Find out more.
For additional information on the types of health advisories we issue, check out these resources:
- Saltwater swimming beaches page
- Swimmer’s Itch brochure
- Toxic Algae brochure
- Toxic Algae page
- Safe Recreational Shellfish brochure