So, how's the water? There is no single answer to that question. All watersheds have different characteristics, different combinations of land uses, populations, pollutant sources and pollution prevention activities. These differences result in a vast array of water quality issues. Hopefully this report helps you have a better understanding of the water quality trends in the water bodies you are concerned about.

There are four main area of concern that need our continued focus: bacteria reduction, nutrient reduction, improving DO levels and the reduction of PCBs and dioxin. All of these problems are widespread. None are concentrated in any one area. These are the issues we know about. We can never say with 100 percent certainty that we are aware of all the pollutants that are out there.

Continued coordination of stakeholders - business, industry, citizens, local governments and resource agencies -- is the key to maintaining and improving the water quality throughout our area. The water that runs through our rivers, lakes and streams and ends up in our bays and estuaries runs across government boundaries and through seemingly endless numbers of jurisdictions without hesitation. The quality of that water is dictated by those same governments and jurisdictions. No one entity has single-handedly caused our water quality problems. And no single entity can solve our water quality problems. Working through issues on a watershed basis and bringing everyone to the table to take part is the only way forward.

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