Owens Beach / Point Defiance Park

Tacoma, Washington

Large wooded park at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma.

Owen beach access point with scenic sand beach and lots of parking.

Seasonal kayak rental, snack bar.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • Last confirmed by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Owens Beach / Point Defiance Park is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Washington Department of Ecology BEACH program tests water quality at salt water swimming beaches every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day for enterococcus bacteria. This is a fecal indicator bacterium that has been shown to have a high correlation with swimmer related illnesses. Three samples are collected at knee depth from across the beach to give an average and more accurately represent the risk of swimming at the beach.

The samples are then delivered to a state-accredited laboratory for analysis and results are available within 24-36 hours.

During the sampling period, Puget Soundkeeper regularly updates the Swim Guide to reflect the most current information.

Sample results are also shared on the Department of Ecology BEACH program website: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/Tools/BeachClosure.aspx

More information about sampling protocols is available here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/program.html

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Owens Beach / Point Defiance Park

Tacoma, Washington

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • Last confirmed by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Mostly clear

Large wooded park at Pt. Defiance in Tacoma.

Owen beach access point with scenic sand beach and lots of parking.

Seasonal kayak rental, snack bar.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Owens Beach / Point Defiance Park is sampled weekly from May 26th to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Washington Department of Ecology BEACH program tests water quality at salt water swimming beaches every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day for enterococcus bacteria. This is a fecal indicator bacterium that has been shown to have a high correlation with swimmer related illnesses. Three samples are collected at knee depth from across the beach to give an average and more accurately represent the risk of swimming at the beach.

The samples are then delivered to a state-accredited laboratory for analysis and results are available within 24-36 hours.

During the sampling period, Puget Soundkeeper regularly updates the Swim Guide to reflect the most current information.

Sample results are also shared on the Department of Ecology BEACH program website: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/Tools/BeachClosure.aspx

More information about sampling protocols is available here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/beach/program.html

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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