FC? TMDL? When talking about the Puyallup River and several of its tributaries, these acronyms mean that a Water Quality Improvement Project is in order - and Ecology is working on it.
Fecal coliform (FC) is a bacteria resulting from waste - from animals or
humans - in our waters. The sources of FC include leaking septic
systems, stormwater runoff, or cross connections in the sewer and
stormwater systems. Within the city of Puyallup, Deer Creek has been
identified as one of the Puyallup River tributaries that contribute to
the elevated levels of FC.
Development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) enters the picture when
regulations are needed to dictate the maximum amount of FC that can be
present in the water without affecting the aquatic life or overall water
A Water Quality Project Plan is developed to design and implement
activities that will limit the levels of FC in the water, to meet the
Following the acronyms and process involved here? The sum of the story is: let's protect our water quality. Read more about this Ecology-led project on Ecology's website.
The City of Puyallup recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship, energy efficiency and conservation in every part of the organization.