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Water Resources

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

View of a Puget Sound inlet with water in the foreground and trees and homes in the background

Learn About Our Water Resources

WSU Extension’s research-based publications and workshops offer practical guidance for protecting natural resources associated with streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and marine waters.

Use the links below and on the right to access resources on Washington’s water, including publications & resources, training opportunities, partners, research programs, and watershed management.

Septic Systems

Septic Systems

Properly maintaining your septic system is one of the most important ways rural homeowners can protect local water bodies. The WSU Extension Mason County Small Farms Program collaborates with Mason County Public Health to host annual ‘Be Septic Smart’ free educational workshops for the community.

Need Septic System Resources?

Check out the below links for information on maintaining your septic system, Mason County regulations and requirements, and financial aid resources.

Mason County Septic System Professionals & Records

Sewage Operation & Maintenance


Septic System Financial Assistance

Low Impact Development & Rain Gardens

Low Impact Development & Rain Gardens

Low Impact Development (LID) techniques mimic nature and improve our communities by reducing flooding and filtering pollution from stormwater. Techniques include pervious paving, rain water harvesting and storage, green roofs, and 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; there, it is filtered by the gardens’ plants, bacteria and fungi rather than running directly into nearby water bodies.

Click Here for More Information about Rain Gardens

Shoreline Living and Shoreline Stewards

Shoreline Living and the Shoreline Stewards Program

The WSU Shore Stewards program provides 10 guidelines and other resources for living on or near waters of the Salish Sea regions, including Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, and lakes, rivers, streams, and coasts in the area.

Click Here to Learn About Shore Stewards

Not ready to commit to becoming a Shore Steward? Check out our Shoreline Living Resources below more information.

Washington State Department of Ecology | Water & Shorelines
Washington State Department of Ecology | Shoreline Management
Washington Sea Grant
Mason Conservation District | Better Water
WSU Pacific Northwest Native Plant Identification
Native Plant Salvage Foundation
King County Conservation District | Selecting Shore Friendly Native Plants