Friday, August 2, 2013

Fecal Matters: Beach closed at Potlatch State Park near Hoodsport, Mason County

BEACH Program Update

On August 2, 2013, the Mason County Health Department issued a beach closure at Potlatch State Park near Hoodsport, WA. The closure was issued due to a nearby septic system failure.

The health department has closed the area "...from south of the boat launch off of North Tillicum Beach lane down to the area near the restrooms at Potlatch State Park."

The beach is closed to recreational use including swimming and shellfish harvesting. The closure will be in place for an unknown period of time until the septic issue can be resolved.

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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