Burfoot Park Beach Closed In Thurston County

All other park facilities and areas open. Thurston County health officials have closed the beach at the Burfoot Park as a precaution to protect beachgoers from contaminated water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant that serves the Seashore Villa mobile home community.

Inspectors from the Washington State Department of Ecology discovered the problem on Friday while inspecting the wastewater treatment plant for the mobile home park on the shores of Budd Inlet located between Olympia’s Priest Point Park and the county’s Burfoot Park. Inspectors found that partially treated wastewater from the treatment plant was entering directly into Budd Inlet.

County Health officials have closed the beach at Burfoot Park until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed and all of the wastewater can be properly treated. All other facilities and areas at Burfoot Park are open, including the trails, picnic areas and playground.   

Health officials also recommend that nearby beachfront property owners avoid contact with the water until the problems at the treatment plant are fixed.

“The health risk for the public is relatively low in this situation, but it’s best to close the beach and post the warning signs at Burfoot Park until the problem is resolved and this wastewater treatment facility is working properly,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division.

For more information on protecting yourself, your family and your pets from common swimming and water-borne illnesses, visit the county health department’s web page HERE.

For more information about wastewater treatment and how the Washington State Department of Ecology protects and monitors Washington’s waterways, click HERE.

Quinault Area Road Closure

Olympia, WA—An intermittent road closure has been implemented on the Pacific Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety during timber harvest operations on the Hum T timber sale. Specifically, the closure will occur in this area:
Forest Service Road 2204 –Mile Post 3.0 to 7.0

The road is narrow with limited turn around areas. There will not be sufficient room for safe public access once the timber purchaser positions heavy machinery and log decks in the road prism.

The closure may be in effect at irregular intervals from Monday through Friday only. The road will remain open on weekends. During the week the road may be closed entirely, it may be blocked for up to an hour at a time, or it may be open, depending on the purchaser’s activities. This road closure will be lifted as soon as timber harvesting is complete and the purchaser’s machinery has been removed from the area, which should be sometime around June 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Pacific Ranger District office in Quinault at 360-288-2525.

January 27, 2014

Telephone Town Hall with Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton)

Telephone Town Hall When: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Thursday, January 30 with Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton). Residents of the 35th Legislative District should receive a call at about 6:15 PM on January 30. To participate, simply pick up the phone and follow the prompts. Rep. Haigh will deliver short opening remarks and will then open up for questions. If for some reason you don’t receive a call, you can call into 1-877-229-8493 and enter 19530 to participate.

Thurston County Officials Place Emergency Restrictions on South County Bridge

Bridge Located on the Littlerock Road.  OLYMPIA - To protect the traveling public, the speed limit on a Thurston County bridge has been temporarily lowered to 25 miles per hour.  
The speed limit reduction is being imposed on Bridge No. L4 on Littlerock Rd SW, between 110th Ave SW and 93rd Ave SW starting today, Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM as a precautionary measure. The maximum speed limit will be lowered to 25 MPH. There are no exemptions to the speed reduction.
Additional inspections of the bridge are underway and further restrictions may be imposed if warranted.  People are urged to use caution when driving in the area and to follow posted speed limits and other advisories.
WHAT:  Speed Reduction to 25 MPH
WHERE:  Bridge No. L4 on Littlerock Rd. SW, between 110th Ave. SW and 93rd Ave. SW
WHEN:   4:00 PM January 24, 2014