Since 2008, the Surface Water Management (SWM) division has tracked and reported the water quality of streams and lakes in an annual Surface Water Report Card. Streams and lakes are graded on a scale of 'F' (failing) to 'A' (excellent). The goal of the "Raise the Grade" project is to improve water quality in streams and lakes with low grades. The program has identified the following streams for focus:
Each year SWM collects water quality samples and reports on the health of more than 50 streams and lakes within Pierce County. Visit the water quality monitoring data website to see if the stream in your neighborhood is healthy.