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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