Upgraded wastewater treatment plant makes the Stilly sweet

While out of the area news, I thought I would publish this because of the quote of the plant manager drinking the treated sewage water as proof that it’s cleaned. We like that idea.

5/28 Everett Herald
Upgraded wastewater treatment plant makes the Stilly sweet
By Gale Fiege, Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — The city’s public works director is so proud of Arlington’s newly expanded and upgraded sewer plant that he’s sad the project is finally over after six years.

And don’t force him, but James Kelly is willing to prove his pride by drinking the water that flows from the plant into the Stillaguamish River.

“If you can get over the gag factor, it’s perfectly safe and probably better water than you would find in much of the world,” Kelly said.

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Marine “dead zones” detailed in interactive online map

I would caution the reader about drawing conclusions like Liam did in this article. While malfunctioning septic systems *would* contribute to this problem, and probably *do* contribute, I have not yet seen scientific evidence that they *are* the root causes in Hood Canal. And I have been watching for them for years now. It’s still good to be having septics checked (which most aren’t currently). Additionally the notion that blaming a few random spills off West Point in Seattle where billions of processed sewage is dumped into the Sound is absurd on it’s face. It’s the elephant in the room, as they say.

1/24 KPLU FM
Marine “dead zones” detailed in interactive online map
By Liam Moriarty

Growing populations and increasing pollution are contributing to more and more “dead zones” in bays and oceans around the world.

Now there’s an interactive online map pinpointing more than 760 spots across the globe—including 22 in Washington – that either are dead zones or are in danger of becoming one.

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Mystery Bay shellfish population in crisis, says Tribes – PDN

Peninsula Daily News is reporting on a letter by the Tribes to DNR, and the County, on the pathetic condition of their shellfish beds in Mystery Bay. Seems as if the expansion of mooring buoys is the most likely culprit, though obviously it’s a simple target that seems to have no science behind the idea. Could it be other issues, like failing septic, or warming of the Sound? Read the story at the PDN…


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