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Public Health

Pierce County has seen rising temperatures, more extreme precipitation patterns, shifting algal blooms, changes in water conditions, and many other weather shifts in the past few years. With each of these changes, there are effects on human health. Fortunately, by working together with those most affected by these impacts, Pierce County can become a healthier and more climate-resilient community.
  1. ExtremeHeat

    Extreme Heat

    Risks: Temperatures are setting new records each year, and rising night temperatures and longer heat waves create serious health risks. Prolonged heat gets dangerous. Several days in the upper 90s and people may begin to suffer health complications and... Learn More
  2. Airquality1

    Air Quality

    Risks: Wood smoke, including from wildfires, can cause the development of asthma or worsening of asthma and COPD. Wood smoke can also cause a worsening of heart disease and a greater risk of stroke. This issue is particularly dangerous for certain ... Read on...
  3. Flooding

    Flooding

    Risks: The flooding season can increase in intensity and frequency, will start flooding out of season. Unprecedented amounts of rain could lead to increased urban flooding in zones not thought to be flood zones. Increased floodwaters increase the risk ... Learn More
  4. waterquality

    Water Quality

    Risks: Increased population resulting in more demand on limited water supplies. Predicted decrease in annual snowpack will stress local rivers and streams impacting salmon and instream uses. Increased nutrient loading to lakes, ... Learn More
  5. VectorBorne

    Vector Borne Disease

    Risks: Hotter water increases the growth of waterborne illnesses, including e. Coli and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Washington State. Rising temperatures have increased the natural range of many disease vectors, such as ticks and mosquitoes... Learn More
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Long-Term Direction:


  • Implement a stakeholder/community engagement strategy to gauge the perception of climate impacts on health, and to inform policy changes.
  • Design and begin an information campaign to educate the individuals of Pierce County the risks of climate change and how it can affect them.
  • Engage and educate vulnerable communities, that face heightened risks due to inequity in Pierce County.