Friday, March 11, 2016

Fecal Matters: Port Ludlow Bay CLOSED to Water Contact Recreation, Jefferson County

BEACH Program Update

On March 11, 2016 Jefferson County Public Health issued a "No Contact" health advisory for Port Ludlow Bay.  The public is advised to avoid any contact with the water in Port Ludlow Bay.  The closure is due to an obstructed storm water culvert which diverted storm water and treated sewage sludge to the beach.   The problem was corrected and the closure will be lifted when bacteria results show water is clean.

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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Debby Sargeant is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6139 or for questions.

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