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.
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.
|Shoreline from Point Fosdick to the Kitsap County line and from Day Island to the King County line. Commencement Bay, Colvos Passage and the Narrows are in the closure area.
||Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP).
||Sept. 21, 2018
||Do not eat shellfish from these areas. Closed to recreational mussel, clam, and oyster harvesting within these areas.
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:
- Swimmer’s Itch brochure
- Toxic Algae brochure
- Toxic Algae page
- Safe Recreational Shellfish brochure
Want to help improve water quality? Find out what you can do to get involved today.