Banner Environmental Health: Preventing pollution, reducing human exposure to environmental hazards, and ensuring safe and clean drinking water.


Kitsap streams, lakes, and shorelines. These surface waters and the shellfish contained are equally as important as the groundwater we drink.

Our job is to ensure our surface waterways are safe and sanitary so you don’t get sick when you swim in them or eat the shellfish that live in them. Our water quality program is nationally recognized for its innovation and effectiveness.

Our work on your behalf includes:

  • Collecting water and shellfish samples to look for health threats;
  • Posting and publicizing warnings if a problem is identified;
  • Investigating to identify the source of the problem; and
  • Taking steps to correct problems.

The work of public health centers on prevention. This means an important part of our job is to ensure that you have the information necessary to do your part in helping to prevent water pollution.

The links in this section will give you a closer look at the work we do on your behalf and how you can work with us to prevent water pollution.


John Kiess, Environmental Health Director (360) 728-2290

Dayna Katula, Shellfish and Swimming Beach Monitoring (360) 728-2301

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