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  • Current Surface Water Advisories

    Safe water is essential to healthy people in healthy communities.

    You and your family should have fun and stay healthy when you enjoy the water. That’s why we take water samples on Lake Tapps, Spanaway Lake, and several Puget Sound beaches. When conditions are unsafe, we issue advisories to protect you from getting sick. We remove the advisory when the water is safe for people and pets.

    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 our Beach Information page.

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

    Current advisories

    LocationAdvisory typeDate postedRecommendations
    Commencement Bay Inner WaterwaysDo not eat the fish.Feb. 24, 2017Do 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:

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    Want to help improve water quality? Find out what you can do to get involved today.

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