Big Plans! Angels Needed!

8 04 2010

The mission of this blog is to discuss, organize and push hard  for the correct solutions for reducing the Combined Sewage Overflow into Puget Sound from the Barton Wastewater Pump Station  (near Fauntleroy Ferry Dock) and the Murray Wastewater Pump Station (underground at Lowman Beach Park).

These wastewater pumps, along with many other wastewater pumps under the control of King County, spill what is called Combined Sewage Overflow into Puget Sound every time they are overwhelmed with too much runoff from rain events.   Large rain events can initiate an overflow of rainwater runoff plus sewage into the Sound from these pump stations.   Generally, the spills are 10% sewage and 90% street, gutters, rooftops, lawns, and other surface runoff that is collected along with sewage and sent to the main wastewater processing plant at West Point Plant located on the coast of Discovery Park in Magnolia, Seattle.

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (KCWTD)  has made proposals for three alternative sites in the neighborhoods of the two pump stations.  They have held initial meetings about these alternative sites and the overwhelming response from the community at the meetings related to the Murray Pump Station CSO alternative tank sites is clearly “thumbs down.”

It is negative not just because people don’t want a one million gallon tank built in Lowman Beach Park, but because the plans that KCWTD has proposed are seen as underbuilding in the first place, in sites where there is no room for possible expansion, and are seen primarily as “band-aid,” “quick fix” solutions brought about by deadlines imposed on KCWTD by the State Ecology Department which is under pressure on a federal level to prevent these spills into the Sound.

This blog’s goal  is to discuss and lobby for a better solution, a more comprehensive solution, and an expandable solution.  This blog’s goal is to move KCWTD towards an adequately large tank and its amenities (minor pump station, some new pipes in the area, and underground diesel electrical generator) to be built in Lincoln Park.

Puget Sound and the neighborhoods of West Seattle deserve more respect than what KCWTD has planned, and the small neighborhoods and small treasured parks that they wish to destroy in the name of underbuilding and quick fixes is just not right and shows a substantial disregard for the future of increased runoff capture, increased sewage demands (new construction), and the long-term health of Puget Sound.

This is just the beginning of this blog.   Please be an angel, and help us move King County towards better solutions than what they are proposing now.   If you think this will be an easy fight, or a slam dunk, you don’t know bureaucrats under pressure…. they can be dauntingly intimidating and very skilled at using smoke and mirrors.

If you wish to get caught up on the plans, the meeting schedules, and other information about these two pump stations, or more, please visit the following sites:

This blog is moderated. To those who wish to be rude or nasty, crude or tasteless, intimidating or threatening, please find some other place to vent your spleen… If you have a knowledge base you wish to share, or thoughtful, logical ideas, responses, and comments, please join in the conversation. If you want to make sure KCWTD does the right thing, I will put you on our angel’s honor roll.

Thank you for your kind consideration, support, and discussions. We will need all the help we can get. Take care, Ron Sterling, M.D.




3 responses

8 04 2010

thank you for starting the ball rolling on this effort. I will be back to write more when I can but for now thank you!

10 04 2010

I’m your neighbor up the street (north). I can’t in good conscious sign your petition until it has alternatives. Just say no, isn’t really helpful I think. I’d suggest doing a little brainstorming, either on your own or with those in the community you know, and develop a few alternatives to the problem. The only alternative I think I saw on your website is a vague reference to a larger tank in the park. I’m not really sure what that is, or how that is different than KCW’s proposals.

Note that I agree with you that all of KCW’s proposals seemed either as false choices or not very favorable to the park. I’m just saying you’re likely to get less support than you need unless useful counter proposals are developed. (And not that those are easy, I certainly don’t have any great solutions to the matter).

10 04 2010

Hi Mark: Thanks for the feedback. Actually, we aren’t engineers, so for us to suggest the right siting and the right alternative for the future of the neighborhoods and the Sound, would have to be done in concert with King County. That’s the point.

There are other alternatives, we can explore them. This essentially stating what we don’t want and making it clear to King County. IMHO, you have to be clear in your petitions to make them work. Until we have a better solution, which cannot be done by ourselves, we are asking for a complete MORATORIUM and a rethinking and teamwork between the community and King County and other officials and departments to get the right solution.

There is no time to hesitate on this, unless you like what is going on…

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