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Water Resources

Program Contact: Tessa Halloran, Master Gardener/Small Farms Coordinator
(360) 427-9670 Ext. 682 •

WSU Extension Mason County provides outreach and educational resources for the communities we serve. Our research-based publications and workshops offer practical guidance for protecting natural resources associated with streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and marine waters.

Learn About Our Water Resources
Washington’s Water

Here you’ll find WSU publicationstraining opportunitiespartner informationresearch and programs and timely news on important water-related issues.

Watershed Management

Updates and information on water-related issues in Mason County.

What You Can Do to Protect Our Waters


Rain Gardens

Beautiful and functional, rain gardens are built to capture and filter runoff from impervious services (pavement, roofs, etc.). In these gardens, storm-water slowly infiltrates into the ground, – all the while being filtered by the gardens’ plants, bacteria and fungi –  rather than running directly into nearby water bodies.

Septic Systems
Photo by Toni Droscher

Properly maintaining your septic system is one of the most important ways rural homeowners can protect local water bodies. Check out WSU extensions’ fact-sheets and videos and find contact info for local septic service providers.



Shoreline Living and the Shoreline Stewards Program

Resources to help residents living on our shorelines protect their neighboring water bodies.

Stormwater and Low Impact Development

Low impact development is the key to protecting the environment while growing our economies and communities.