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Clallam Co SMP Contaminated Sites 1972-2017

Clallam Co SMP 303(d) Contaminated Sites 1972-2017

The SMP (ICR) is a misleading distraction and cover-up of the total maximum daily load (TMDL) evaluation for waterbodies on the 303(d) list,  thousands of migratory birds and other wild mammals  have been continuously contaminating Clallam County fresh water river reaches Public Marine Beaches,  in and  on the Straits of Juan De Fuca.

DISCOVERY July 22, 2016  DOCUMENTED NATURAL BIRD AND MAMMAL POOP DON’T COUNT

WATERS SHOWING APPARENT EXCEEDANCES OF 303(d) (TMDL) CRITERIA

DUE TO DOCUMENTED NATURAL BACKGROUND CONDITIONS, (DNA DOCUMENTED AND  IDENTIFIED 75% OF THE CONTAMINATION, AS PREDOMINATELY BIRD POOP, INCLUDING 34 WILD MAMMAL SPECIES)

AND WITH NO SIGNIFICANT HUMAN CONTRIBUTION, WILL NOT BE LISTED IN CATEGORY 5.

SOME IMPAIRED WATERS  (TRIBAL?) WILL NOT BE LISTED IN CATEGORY 5 BECAUSE A TMDL IS NOT REQUIRED

 The remaining categories (Categories 1 through 4, including three subcategories of Category 4) ARE INTENDED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE KNOWN CONDITION OF THE STATE’S WATERS.

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DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT

July 22, 2016  THE  EPA Approved WA STATE’S  DOE 303(d) NATURALLY CONTAMINATED POOP LOOP HOLE

Current EPA-approved Washington State Water Quality Assessment …

www.ecy.wa.gov › Water Quality › Water Quality Assessment and 303(d) List

Current EPA Approved Assessment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Ecology’s September 2015 submittal of our latest Water Quality Assessment 305(b) report and 303(d) list on July 22, 2016. This is the current water quality assessment and 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies for the state of …

 This is the current water quality assessment and 303(d) list of impaired (CONTAMINATED) waterbodies for the state of Washington, including updated assessments for marine waters.

This Assessment fulfills Washington State’s obligation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §303(d) and §305(b) to identify polluted waters (known as the 303(d) list) as well as report on the status of water quality statewide where data is available.

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NO DUH…. BASED ON THE ABOVE…. NO WONDER WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) HAS REFUSED TO ANSWER MY SMP UPDATE QUESTIONS…..

Indeed, The WA State Department of Ecology (DOE) has continuously and repeatedly refused to answer my 10 questions on the  2017 SMP Update, including the ICR identified contaminated waterbodies on the 303(d) list, on both fresh and saltwater reaches  in Clallam County.

 March 29, 2012  SMP Public Comment DOE is incapable or unwilling

TO PROVIDE THE NAMES AND LOCATIONS OF THE CONTAMINATOR AND IMPAIRERS.

 WERE ANY OF THE UNSCIENTIFIC, UNKNOWN LOCATIONS AND UNIDENTIFIED CONTAMINATORS  DOCUMENTED NUMBER OF SEVERAL CONTAMINATED OR IMPAIRED SITES CAUSED BY? OR A RESULT OF?  CLALLAM COUNTY 1976-2012 SMP FAILURE TO PROTECT NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION?

 HOW MANY OF THE UNIDENTIFIED SEVERAL CONTAMINATED SITES WERE EVEN A REQUIRED PART OF THE SMP UPDATE?

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 2011-2017 I HAVE CONTINUOUSLY AND  REPEATEDLY EXPRESSED MY CONCERNS ON THE CONTAMINATED SITES IN AND ON CLALLAM COUNTY SHORELINES…

Original Message —–  From: pearl hewett To: earnest spees

Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 9:00 PM

Karl,

I have finally finished reading all 7,  ESA Adolfson chapters for WRIA 17-19 SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS on line.

FRESHWATER AND MARINE CONTAMINATED REACHES FOR WRIA 17-19  HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ON THE 2017 SMP UPDATE SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS  DOCUMENT.

On the 18 Marine reaches they identified (3) Contaminated sites

On the 64 Freshwater reaches they identified  (1) contaminate site on the R3 Dungeness,

Several Contaminated sites on R1 Elwha (how many is several?)  (2) Contaminated sites on the R2 on the Hoko.

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September 10, 2011 9:24 AM

To: zSMP
Cc: earnest spees;
Subject: PUBLIC COMMENT REPORT ON SMP Public Forum July 14, 2011

  1. Will we have input, considering that the impaired water quality on the lower Dungeness has been proven to be 75% bird poop and 25% people related?

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 DUNGENESS FRESH WATER AND MARINE fecal coliform (FC) bacteria 303(d)

1996-2003 Documented public health issues in Clallam County.

QAPP- Dungeness River/Matriotti Creek Fecal Coliform …

https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/0003080.pdf

FOR DUNGENESS RIVER/MATRIOTTI CREEK FECAL COLIFORM BACTERIA … • SIGNIFICANT BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION AND NUTRIENT … FECAL COLIFORM FECAL COLIFORM DUNGENESS RIVER

In 1996 Matriotti Creek, a tributary to the DUNGENESS RIVER, was placed on Washington’s 303(d) list of impaired waters because of fecal coliform (FC) bacteria violations. THE 303(D) LIST (REQUIRED BY SECTION 303(D) OF THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT) is a list of water bodies that are not meeting water quality standards.

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In 2000, Washington Department of Health closed some areas of Dungeness Bay to shellfish harvest, also due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. The closure area was expanded in 2001, and again in 2003.

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WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY’S (DOE)  LOOP HOLES ON TMDL CLALLAM COUNTY CONTAMINATED MARINE AND FRESH WATER SITES (known as the 303(d) list)

WATERS SHOWING APPARENT EXCEEDANCES OF 303(d) (TMDL) CRITERIA

DUE TO DOCUMENTED NATURAL BACKGROUND CONDITIONS, DNA DOCUMENTED AND  IDENTIFIED 75% OF THE CONTAMINATION, AS PREDOMINATELY BIRD POOP, INCLUDING 34 WILD MAMMAL SPECIES.

 AND WITH NO SIGNIFICANT HUMAN CONTRIBUTION, WILL NOT BE LISTED IN CATEGORY 5.

 SOME IMPAIRED WATERS  (TRIBAL?) WILL NOT BE LISTED IN CATEGORY 5 BECAUSE A TMDL IS NOT REQUIRED

The remaining categories (Categories 1 through 4, including three subcategories of Category 4) are intended to inform the public about the known condition of the State’s waters.

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DISCOVERY INDEED… WHO KEW?

July 22, 2016  THE  EPA Approved WA STATE’S  DOE LOOP HOLE

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Ecology’s September 2015 submittal of our latest Water Quality Assessment 305(b) report and 303(d) list on July 22, 2016.

 This is the current water quality assessment and 303(d) list of impaired (CONTAMINATED) waterbodies for the state of Washington, including updated assessments for marine waters.

This Assessment fulfills Washington State’s obligation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §303(d) and §305(b) to identify polluted waters (known as the 303(d) list) as well as report on the status of water quality statewide where data is available.

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Sequim WA is on the (TMDL) evaluation for waterbodies on the 303(d) list) in the Sequim Clallam County SMP Update

 

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1972 Water Quality Assessment and 303(d) List

The federal Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972, requires that all states restore their waters to be “fishable and swimmable.” Washington’s Water Quality Assessment lists the water quality status for water bodies in the state. This assessment meets the federal requirements for an integrated report under Sections 303(d) and 305(b) of the Clean Water Act.

The assessed waters are grouped into categories that describe the status of water quality. The 303(d) list comprises those waters that are in the polluted water category, for which beneficial uses– such as drinking, recreation, aquatic habitat, and industrial use – are impaired by pollution.

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Genetic Markers for Rapid PCR-Based Identification of Gull …

aem.asm.org/content/78/2/503.full

Genetic Markers for Rapid PCR-Based Identification … from gull feces, all three occurred in fecal DNA from … for bird fecal contamination with …

INTRODUCTION

Contamination from gulls, Canada geese, ducks, and other birds negatively impacts water quality (5, 16, 24, 33a, 49, 56). Their feces are sources of fecal coliforms, enterococci, and Escherichia coli, and their presence is correlated with elevated fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and beach closures (2, 22, 23, 38). Pathogenic E. coli and Campylobacter, Salmonella, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium spp. occur in bird feces (11, 18, 19, 42) and can infect domestic poultry and humans (27, 41) and contaminate shellfish (1). Bird feces are also a source of antibiotic resistance genes (34, 39, 50). Recently, because of avian influenza, concerns have risen about pathogen movement due to bird migration (8, 10, 17, 28, 30).

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HISTORY DUNGENESS BAY????

 has been classified as “Approved” for commercial shellfish harvest by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The DOH Office of Shellfish Programs is charged with classifying commercial shellfish beds in Washington State. They conduct ambient water quality monitoring to ensure that all commercial shellfish areas meet National Shellfish Sanitation Requirements for water quality.

 In 1996 Matriotti Creek, a tributary to the Dungeness River, was placed on Washington’s 303(d) list of impaired waters because of fecal coliform (FC) bacteria violations. THE 303(D) LIST (REQUIRED BY SECTION 303(D) OF THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT) is a list of water bodies that are not meeting water quality standards.

 ECOLOGY IS REQUIRED BY THE CLEAN WATER ACT TO CONDUCT A TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD (TMDL) EVALUATION FOR WATERBODIES ON THE 303(D) LIST.

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SO….. from November 1999 through October 2000.

TO PROTECT SHELLFISH HARVESTING USE IN DUNGENESS BAY

TO HELP LOCATE SOURCES OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION

Ecology, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, and Clallam County staff sampled 35 to 40 stream sites from November 1999 through October 2000.

Study results confirmed violations of water quality standards for fecal coliform in Matriotti Creek and Dungeness Bay, Meadowbrook and Cooper creeks, and Golden Sands Slough.

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) conducted a total maximum daily load (TMDL) study for fecal coliform bacteria in Matriotti Creek, the lower Dungeness River, and tributaries to Dungeness Bay. Due to nonpoint pollution sources, fecal coliform levels were not meeting freshwater quality standards in Matriotti Creek and not meeting marine water quality standards in Dungeness Bay.

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Water Cleanup Plan for Bacteria in the Lower Dungeness …

https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/0210015.pdf

Water Cleanup Plan for Bacteria in the … County Clallam County DOH Washington State Department of Health … Section 303(d) of the federal …

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Water Quality Improvement Project
Dungeness Area:
FECAL COLIFORM BACTERIA

Introduction

The Dungeness River flows out of the Olympic Mountains into Dungeness Bay. Located at the north end of the Olympic Peninsula, the area’s natural beauty and quality of life have attracted many newcomers during the last decade. Much of that growth happened in the lower river valley, in the rural, unincorporated areas of Clallam County. (See Study Area Map)

Water quality issues

The population growth ( MY FOOT) is impacting water quality. Numerous on-site septic systems, some of which are failing or improperly maintained; a proliferation of hobby farms where management practices may be less that optimal; and accumulated waste from many pets (MY FOOT) are contributing to increasing fecal coliform bacteria levels in local water bodies. Johnson, Bell, Cassalery, Matriotti, and Bagley Creeks have been placed on the state’s Water Quality Assessment (303[d]) List of impaired waters due to unacceptable levels of fecal coliform. In 2000, Washington Department of Health closed some areas of Dungeness Bay to shellfish harvest, also due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. The closure area was expanded in 2001, and again in 2003.

Status of the project

In June 2002 Ecology submitted a water quality improvement report, also known as a total maximum daily load (TMDL), to EPA for approval. The TMDL included the results and recommendations of a technical study done on the water in the watershed, and an implementation strategy that briefly outlined how the recommendations would be addressed. EPA approved the TMDL in July 2002.

There is a strong local commitment to recovering and protecting water quality in the Dungeness watershed, and a variety of activities are ongoing or planned to deal with the water quality issues.

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REDUNDANT… ADDED FOR EMPHASIS

July 22, 2016. Current EPA Approved Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Ecology’s September 2015 submittal of our latest Water Quality Assessment 305(b) report and 303(d) list on July 22, 2016.

This is the current water quality assessment and 303(d) list of impaired waterbodies for the state of Washington, including updated assessments for marine waters.

This Assessment fulfills Washington State’s obligation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §303(d) and §305(b) to identify polluted waters (known as the 303(d) list) as well as report on the status of water quality statewide where data is available.

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Only one category, Category 5, represents the 303(d)-listed waters.

The criteria for the 303(d) list were developed to identify only those waters for which there is valid documentation of impairment. These waters require the preparation of water quality improvement projects, also known as TMDLs, in accordance with the CWA.

Waters showing apparent exceedances of criteria due to documented natural background conditions, and with no significant human contribution,

will not be listed in Category 5 but will be placed in Category 1.

Some impaired waters will not be listed in Category 5 because a TMDL is not required (see Category 4). As part of the listing process, waters placed in Category 5 will be prioritized and scheduled for TMDL studies in accordance with the watershed schedule out lined in Section 9. The remaining categories (Categories 1 through 4, including three subcategories of Category 4) are intended to inform other water quality efforts in the State,

AND TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE KNOWN CONDITION OF THE STATE’S WATERS.

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INDEED, WE MUST SHARE THIS WITH THE 300,000 TOURISTS THAT COME TO PLAY ON OUR PRISTEEN SHORELINE BEACHES…

DON’T WORRY ABOUT  HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO FECAL COLIFORM CONTAMINATION, ON THE SHORELAND BEACHES IN WA STATE, DOCUMENTED NATURAL BIRD AND MAMMEL POOP DON’T COUNT

 AND LOTS OF PEOPLE  LOVE ORGANIC STUFF…   

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 Behind My Back | For the Protection of Whose Life?

For the Protection of Whose Life?

Posted on January 30, 2013 2:11 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE AND RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC USE
TO PROTECT THE EPA CLEAN WATER ACT,  DOE SHORELINES OF STATEWIDE SIGNIFICANCE,  TO RESTORE PRISTINE CONDITIONS ON OUR BEACHES, PROVIDE NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION BY HUMAN CONTAMINATION, and restrict the public use of public land,
Our Federally appointed, WDFW, elected WA State officials Van De Wege, TharInger, etc. and Audubon Society member Ken Wiersema have decreed the following.

DUNGENESS SPIT “The jogging is something that is very disturbing to wildlife when it’s done along the sand spit when birds are feeding and nesting and potentially breeding in those areas,” Audubon Society member Ken Wiersema “Thousands of birds use this DUNGENESS SPIT as a migratory stop.”

DUNGENESS RIVER “Thousands of birds use 700 acres of wetland habitat on the second reach of the Dungeness River as a migratory stop.” and have created a foul/fowl contaminated mess at the mouth of the Dungeness River.

DNA identified 75% of the contamination, as predominately bird poop, including 34 wild mammal species.

THREE CRABS SITE
North Olympic Wildlife Area Addition: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) completed the purchase of 51.57 acres as part of the Dungeness Basin project to conserve and restore coastal wetlands properties. The property is located in Clallam County, approximately five miles north of Sequim fronting on Dungeness Bay. The property consists of 49.42 acres of tidelands and 2.15 acres of uplands containing the historic 3-Crabs restaurant. This purchase was funded by grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The property will be managed within the Wildlife Program as part of the Lower Dungeness North Olympic Wildlife Area.

PUBLIC $$$$ TO BUY PUBLIC LAND, TO PROVIDE MORE WHAT?

More bird habitat, more bird poop, more wildlife fowl/foul contamination

spreading from Dungeness Spit to Three Crabs area to connect  to the mouth of the Dungeness River wildlife fowl/foul contamination.

INDEED, this is “VERY DISTURBING” to the taxpayers.

This entry was posted in EPA Clean Water Act, Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Shoreline Management Plan, West Nile Virus, Wetlands.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT  HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO FECAL COLIFORM CONTAMINATION, ON THE SHORELAND BEACHES et al. IN WA STATE, DOCUMENTED NATURAL BIRD AND MAMMAL POOP DON’T COUNT.

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