Marine Recovery Area
A Marine Recovery Area (MRA) was established to protect especially sensitive marine waters from pollution from poorly functioning or failing on-site sewage systems (OSS). A 2006 state law (RCW 70.118A) required Puget Sound counties (including King County) to designate MRAs where shellfish growing areas are closed due to bacterial pollution (or if closure is likely), or where bacteria or nitrogen are seriously affecting water quality.
Why an MRA formed
The MRA in King County was established because parts of Vashon-Maury Island are currently closed for commercial and recreational shellfish gathering. Human waste, most likely from poorly functioning or failing on-site sewage systems (OSS), contributes to the closure of shellfish areas, according to Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Program sanitary surveys.
The MRA encompasses sections of Quartermaster Harbor, Klahanie, Dolphin Point, Glen Acres, Hawthorne, and Summerhurst. See detailed maps of the Marine Recovery Area below.
Maps showing individual parcels with color coding to identify the level of information available in the Public Health — Seattle & King County records for each On-Site Sewage system. The maps are color-coded to show the status of OSS for each property as follows:
|......||Vacant or limited use lot|
|No septic system record (permit, file, etc.) and no record of O&M inspection|
|Septic system record (permit, file, etc.) but no record of current O&M inspection|
|Septic system record (permit, file, etc.) and O&M inspection completed on schedule|
Vashon-Maury Island Marine Recovery Area Island wide index map
Quartermaster Harbor Maps from north to south
- Governor's Lane, Section A
- Governor's Lane, Section B
- Shawnee-Magnolia Beach
- Harbor Heights, Section A
- Harbor Heights, Section B
- Tahlequah 125th PL SW areas
East Passage maps from north to south
How living in the MRA affects you
On-Site Sewage System owners in the MRA must have annual operation and maintenance (O&M) inspections performed by a King County licensed On-Site System Maintainer.
What to expect during an inspection
The annual O&M inspection differs from having your on-site sewage system tank pumped. Pumping a sewage tank is removal of liquid and waste done by a King County certified liquid waste pumper/haulers.
What to expect when the septic tank needs pumping
- Vashon-Maury Island environment
Provides environmental information and services from King County and its partners related specifically Vashon-Maury Island.
- Washington State Department of Health
Provides homeowner education and specific information concerning On-Site Sewage System care.
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/mra