Pollution Identification & Correction

Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification & Correction Program

Photo by Haley Harguth

The Hood Canal Regional Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) Program works to protect and restore water quality, particularly to clean up and prevent fecal pollution from human and animal waste that threatens public health and our economy. 

View upcoming meetings and recent program documents below.

Visit the Library for more Hood Canal Regional PIC resources.

Hood Canal Regional PIC partners include local county health jurisdictions, the Skokomish and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribes, conservation districts in Mason, Kitsap and Jefferson Counties, stormwater programs, educators, and HCCC.

Hood Canal’s shellfish and finfish resources have important economic, cultural, subsistence, and recreational value for Washington State residents and tribes. Water quality is critical to protecting and enhancing human health and Hood Canal’s rich natural resources of shellfish, finfish, and crustaceans, as well as keeping beaches open for swimming and recreation.

The Hood Canal watershed includes approximately 25,000 onsite septic systems, many in close proximity to water bodies. As these systems age, they can degrade and leak pollutants into the watershed, which eventually make their way to the nearshore environment. The Hood Canal Regional PIC Program monitors for these leakages at the shoreline, and investigates up the drainage to find and correct the source. This work is essential to maintain and improve water quality by reducing bacterial and nutrient pollution sources.

A comprehensive, regional PIC partnership builds on the strengths of each member, and enables efficient, prioritized, coordinated PIC work throughout the region. This regional approach provides cost savings by streamlining and combining preparation of grant applications, contracts, quality assurance plans and reporting, as well as resource and knowledge sharing to address challenging PIC problems.

Learn more about the status of Hood Canal Shellfish Beds at OurHoodCanal.org »

Phase I: Planning

The planning phase was conducted in 2012-2014 and provided a unique opportunity to combine and share strangths, and build collaboration leading up to project implementation.

Visit the Library to view Hood Canal Regional PIC planning documents, including the 2005-2011 PIC Status Report, OSS GIS Mapping Update, PIC Monitoring Plan, Work Plan, and Guidance Document, and others.

Phase II: Implementation

The Hood Canal Regional PIC Program Implementation Phase took place from 2014-2017. Priority shoreline areas were monitored for pollution hotspots, and PIC investigations identified the source and worked with landowners to take corrective action. The Guidance Group meets quarterly to share information and successes. A Pilot Nutrient Study was conducted to investigate new nutrient sources, and an education and behavior change effort focused on shoreline OSS users to inform the development of the Hood Canal Regional PIC Program Education and Outreach Plan. 

Explore the Hood Canal OSS Inventory and HCRPIC Phase II results on the interactive maps below.

The HCRPIC Phase II Final Report is available in the Library.


Phase II: Results


Phase II: Hood Canal OSS Inventory

Track our progress on Water Quality Protection at OurHoodCanal.org »


Hood Canal Regional PIC Program - Guidance Group

Thu, 01/13/2022 -
10:00am to 1:00pm


Hood Canal Regional PIC Program - Guidance Group Meeting Agenda

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Hood Canal Regional PIC Program - Guidance Group Meeting Summary

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Hood Canal Regional PIC Program - Guidance Group Meeting Agenda

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For questions about the Hood Canal Regional PIC Program, please contact: 

Leslie Banigan
(360) 337-5627
Haley Harguth
(360) 328-4625

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