Fecal Matters: Saltwater State Park is now open to the public, King County

BEACH program update

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Seattle and King County Public Health have lifted the no-contact advisory to water contact at Saltwater State Park and Washington State Parks have re-opened the park to the public. Last month, heavy rains caused a sewage spill at the Midway Sewer District that discharged near the park. Recent water quality samples taken show that bacteria levels have dropped to safe levels.

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