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Water Resources

(360) 427-9670 Ext. 680

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.

FREE Septic System Maintenance Workshops
Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30

  • June 27th, Hoodsport Timberland Library
  • July 25th, Belfair – North Mason County Timberland Library
  • August 22nd Shelton – Mason County Public Works Building

RSVP to Eli Robinson at or call (360) 427-9670 Ext. 680.

At the workshop you will learn what type of septic system you have, how it works, and what maintenance it requires. They will go over how to perform your own inspection of a conventional gravity system, which is easier and less gross than it sounds.

See flyer for additional information.

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.