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Shellfish Partners is a partnership between Pierce County, Pierce Conservation District, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department that was formed in 2006 to address declining water quality in our shellfish growing areas. Since that time, additional partners have joined us (see below for a list). We invite anyone with an interest in water quality to join our coalition.
Our Purpose
  • Prevent shellfish bed closures due to poor water quality and ensure that all shellfish harvested is safe to eat. When water is clean enough to keep shellfish beds open, we know it is clean enough to support other activities like fishing and swimming.
  • Help residents better understand how our everyday actions impact water quality. Learn simple steps you can take to prevent water pollution.
Shellfish Growing Areas in Pierce County
There are more than 8,400 acres of shellfish growing areas in Pierce County. Learn more about our growing areas at Washington State Department of Health.
Vaughn Bay Growing Area
Due to poor water quality, the Department of Health is downgrading the classification of Vaughn Bay. To learn more, visit our Vaughn Bay page.
Need Help Paying for Septic System Repairs?
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department fact sheet on financial assistance opportunities for septic repairs.
Contact Us

Barbara Ann Smolko
Watershed Coordinator
Email me
Ph: (253) 798-6156

Public Works
2702 S 42nd St.
Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98409
Ph: (253) 798-2725

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