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Oakland Bay Day Sunday

Join Capitol Land Trust, Mason County Public Health, Taylor Shellfish, The Salmon Center/Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Center for Natural Lands Management, Puget Sound Estuarium, Olympic Middle School, and CHOICE High School Sunday for Oakland Bay Day. The event is a free, fun, family-friendly celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Oakland Bay and the surrounding watershed.  Visit with local resource agencies, community groups, and nonprofits for more information and tips to protect and enjoy Oakland Bay and local wildlife.

The Oakland Bay Day event runs 11 AM to 3 PM Sunday at the Bayshore Preserve (3800 WA-3 N, Shelton – across Highway 3 from the Bayshore Texaco, near the intersection with Johns Prairie Road.)

Activities will include:

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County Forms Housing & Behavioral Health Advisory Board

In a continuous effort to improve the health and quality of life of Mason County residents, the Mason County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday forming a Mason County Housing and Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Todd Parker is with Mason County Public Health:

This advisory board will need to create a report containing recommendations on funding priorities and present it to the Board of Commissioners by January 31, of each calendar year beginning in 2019.

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Residents Asked to Complete Substance Abuse Prevention Survey

Residents are being asked to complete the 2017 Shelton Community Substance Abuse Prevention Survey. According to officials, this survey collects local data for planning and helps confirm or refute Community and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition assumptions. This is the fifth year of the survey designed by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to take a look at community social norms. The survey also asks what Shelton adults believe about youth substance use, collects baseline data for environmental strategies that target adult attitudes, and determines attitudes on law enforcement effectiveness, awareness, and public support.

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Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Proposals Sought

Mason County Public Health is requesting proposals for mental health and chemical dependency sales and use tax. Todd Parker, Housing and Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, made the announcement during Tuesday’s Mason County Commission meeting.

Application materials can be found on the county’s website. For more information, contact Parker at 360-427-9670, 360-275-4467 or 360-482-5269, extension 293. You can also email tparker@co.mason.wa.us.

Mason County Drinking Water Is Safe

Mason County Public health logoMason County Health officials, in response to recent postings on social media, are assuring residents that the County’s drinking water is safe. There are several stories in social media about an E. coli outbreak in Mason County and concerned citizens have been contacting the Health Department to find out what is going on. A news release from Mason County Public Health states: “This is not correct, there is not an E. coli outbreak in all of Mason County.”

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County Health Rankings

Mason County Continues to Move Forward!

Mason County Public health logoMason County, once again, has vaulted forward in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for 2016. Ranked as low as 37th out of 39 counties during the Rankings inception in 2010, the County has moved up to 29th in 2016. Since 2010, The Rankings have helped expand the conversation about the broad range of factors that impact a community’s overall health.

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Clean Water Loans Available to Repair Failing Septic Systems

Craft3, a nonprofit community development financial institution,has supported the repair or replacement of more than 500 failing septic systems with the Clean Water Loan. These loans are available to residents in Mason County as repairing or replacing a septic system is costly and many owners are in danger of losing their property because they cannot obtain a loan or cover the costs out of pocket.

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Hood Canal Beaches Re-Open for Harvest of Some Species

Mason County Public health logoThe levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) in shellfish continue to drop in the water in Hood Canal, but remain high in some species of shellfish. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has reopened the beaches from the Jefferson/Mason County line to just past Sisters Point to shellfish harvest except for Butter Clams and Varnish Clams. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.

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County Considering Fee to Improve Water Quality

video iconMason County officials are considering charging property owners with onsite septic systems a yearly fee to help improve water quality in the County. The fee, which could be as much as $19.00, would fund Mason County Public Health’s proposed Sustainable Water Quality Program, the implementation of an Onsite Management Plan and the development of a Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) program. The goal would be to protect public health and the environment by minimizing the threat of surface and ground water contamination from failing or improperly designed, installed or maintained onsite sewage systems or potentially harmful animal keeping and land use practices.

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