Friday, August 16, 2013

Fecal Matters: Beach at Dash Point Park in Tacoma, WA open for water recreation

BEACH Program Update

On August 16, 2013, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reopened the beach at Dash Point Park in Tacoma, WA. The closure was issued due to high fecal bacteria counts in the water.

Follow-up sampling indicated low levels of bacteria and an investigation showed no signs of further pollution.

Dash Point Park is a Metro Parks Tacoma facility west of the Pierce-King County line, it is a different site than Dash Point State Park in King County.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

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Christopher Clinton is the interim BEACH Program Manager and is available at for questions.

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