Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fecal Matters: A No-Contact Advisory for Swimming and Wading in Kitsap County

BEACH Program Update

On 2/27/2017, Kitsap Public Health District issued a seven-day, no-contact advisory for the Kitsap shoreline of the Hood Canal area near Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, including Kitsap Memorial State Park. This closure is due to a 5,000 gallon sewage spill that was corrected on February 27, 2017. The public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected area.

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.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julianne Ruffner, our BEACH Program Manager, is available at 360-407-6154 or julianne.ruffner@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

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