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Current Surface Water Advisories

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Safe water is essential to healthy people in healthy communities.

We want you and your family to have fun and stay healthy. That's why we take water samples on Lake Tapps and several Puget Sound beaches. When conditions are unsafe, we issue advisories to protect people from getting sick.

We also work with the Washington Department of Health to monitor shellfish, and issue advisories when toxins are present. Make sure you check this list before you swim or harvest shellfish in Pierce County.

For a list of saltwater beaches we monitor, check out our Beach Information page.

To learn more about our work on Lake Tapps, visit our TappsWise page.

Current advisories

Location Advisory Type
Date Posted
Recommendations

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.
 Riverside Park

Caution Advisory: High Bacteria Counts

Aug. 21, 2018
 Do not swim or wade in the creek along Riverside Drive.

 

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:

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