Feasibility study addresses Dungeness/3 Crabs-area pollution – PDN

This actually seems to be a reasonable alternative. The recommendation is to enforce current laws, raise the local money to pay for regular inspection, which as I have heard, is not happening currently, and monitor to see whether the problems improve. Rushing to judgement on putting in a huge infrastructure project, even if it’s eventually found to be the right solution, seems premature. Let’s make sure the existing laws work, before abandoning them.

Clallam County should strengthen an existing program to operate and maintain individual on-site septic systems in the Dungeness/3 Crabs area, a new study concludes. Staying the course was one of four alternatives being considered in a feasibility study for wastewater management in an unincorporated area where failing septic systems were said to be polluting Dungeness Bay with fecal coliform and nitrogen. Damon McAlister, a senior engineer with Parametrix, and county Environmental Health Director Andy Brastad presented the final study to the Clallam County commissioners Tuesday. Rob Ollikainen reports.

Feasibility study addresses Dungeness/3 Crabs-area pollution http://peninsuladailynews.com/article/20130731/NEWS/307319994/feasibility-study-addresses-dungeness-3-crabs-area-pollution

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As patience runs short, Puget Sound cleanup accelerates

A story that relates to our efforts here. This isn’t about a major metropolitan area, this is about a relatively lightly deveoloped area.

By Rob Hotakainen
McClatchy Newspapers

BOW, Skagit County — Nearly every time heavy rain falls in North Puget Sound, high levels of fecal bacteria flow into Samish Bay, disrupting work at Taylor Shellfish Farms, the largest shellfish producer in the United States

The bay has been choked by many sources, including animal and human waste, broken septic tanks and farmland runoff. It’s been so bad the past two years that the state Health Department has closed the bay to shellfish harvesting for more than 100 days.

“We lost a market opportunity and there’s an erosion of consumer confidence,” said company spokesman Bill Dewey, who also owns a clam farm in the bay. “And you still have to keep the lights on. The bills don’t stop coming.


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