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Liberty Bay clean up meeting on Wednesday

POULSBO -- With a $500,000 state grant, the Kitsap County Health District is kicking off the Liberty Bay Watershed Restoration project Wednesday with a public meeting.

With the bay itself designated as "impaired," along with four feeder creeks, the project includes a step-by-step survey of all water sources draining into the bay, plus a plan to help reduce the amount of pollutants.

The pollutant in question is called fecal coliform bacteria, which comes from human and animal excrement.

The pollution poses a threat to public health, because the presence of the pollutant can indicate the presence of bacteria and viruses that can cause illnesses. The source of the pollution is not known exactly, but sources could include failing residential septic systems, failing sewer systems and animal waste, according to a statement from the district.

The project is expected to take about five years, and will include education and other assistance to property owners. The grant comes from the state Department of Ecology.

The meeting to discuss the takes place Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, 18743 Front Street.

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