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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Denny Blaine Park Closed Due to Poopiness

Posted by on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks and Rec just sent out a press release that made all our resident Denny Blaine fans get kinda queasy...

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Parks and Recreation this afternoon ordered Denny Blaine Park closed to swimming after city inspectors detected high levels of fecal coliform bacteria in a stormwater pipe just upstream of the park, at 200 Lake Washington Blvd. E.

While the bacteria has not been confirmed at the swimming beach, tests are under way to verify the bacteria level in lake.

The park is likely to remain closed to swimming through the weekend, until the lake water at the beach has been collected and tested at SPU’s water quality laboratory, and the area is declared safe for human contact. Pets are also at risk.

They go on to explain that fecal coliform bacteria live in animals and humans and "are excreted via feces," in case the "fecal" part of the name wasn't clear enough. They also assure you that the bacteria generally aren't dangerous to humans or animals, but they can signal the possibility of other, more dangerous bacteria.

So, first order of business (ha-ha): Stop pooping at the beach! But also: Stop crying and throwing up, everyone! There are still all sorts of wonderful places to go get wet this holiday week. Find some right here!


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Gern Blanston 1
Canadian Geese, take a bow.
Posted by Gern Blanston on July 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM · Report this
stinkbug 2
@1: It's Canada Geese. The geese don't have a nationality.
Posted by stinkbug on July 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM · Report this
Mmmmm, poop.
Posted by Confluence on July 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 4
That is interesting because normally stormwater pipes and sewage pipes do not connect. Stormwater = rain runoff from the roads, and while it's loaded with all sorts of nasty pollutants from the roadway, it doesn't include raw sewage.

But mistakes happen, and Seattle's quirky stormwater system does intersect with the sewage system, but that normally manifests as sewage overflows at the treatment plant when a crap-ton of rain runoff overloads the treatment plant during an intense rainstorm.

So this happening on a sunny, rather rain-free week is odd indeed. Stormwater runoff systems normally don't also carry sewage.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on July 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM · Report this
venomlash 5
"coliform", as the name suggests, is a fairly narrow category of bacteria named for its best-known member, Escherichia coli. Well, your gut is full of E. coli and they are perfectly fine symbiotes (the usual strains, at least), but the gut is also a great breeding ground for pathogens. It's a pretty common and damn effective method of transmission to be taken in through the mouth and use feces as a vector. High fecal coliform levels just suggest that fecal material is making it into the area. (Not all fecal coliform bacteria actually come from feces, but enough do that it's a good indicator.) And if feces are there, if the feces came from anyone with any of a constellation of parasitic worms, bacteria such as Salmonella or mutant strains of E. coli (many bacteria readily swap genes around, allowing normally-benign forms to produce toxins), or any number of viruses, you're being exposed to whatever made them sick.
TL;DR: don't swim near the dog beach
Posted by venomlash on July 3, 2013 at 10:16 PM · Report this
The Cuyahoga burned (multiple times) so that this could be known. The EPA is a good thing.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
Technically, @1, they don't tend to carry passports.

Which would be kind of strange if they did.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM · Report this
#4, There are many Combined Sewer Overflows located throughout the city that will release a mixture of raw sewage and storm water when large amounts of rain falls. The overflows don't just occur at West Point and Renton (which discharges effluent 1/2 mi. South of Alki Pt.) but throughout the city. The Map of CSO's includes near real-time status information of most of the CSO's in the city.
Posted by restlessnative on July 4, 2013 at 1:28 AM · Report this

That's what happens when do-gooders scare off hungry herons from snacking on surplus population.

Or who knows...maybe every momma's gosling should be saved from the buzzards, even reluctantly, as shown here:…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 4, 2013 at 7:06 AM · Report this
@4: Inadvertent cross-connects happen, too -- someone builds a new development and taps into the wrong pipe.

@9: While that has something to do with it, I think a far bigger source of the goose overpopulation is our love for lawns. We've turned all of suburbia into an all you can eat goose buffet.
Posted by Orv on July 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Report this

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