They Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do!

13 05 2010

I haven’t totalled all the untreated CSO that went into Puget Sound from the Duwamish River Outfalls from the Lander, Hanford#1, and Hanford#2 pump stations (well, not sure they have pump stations yet), but the total UNTREATED CSO spills from those three sites noted in King County Wastewater Division’s 2008 report was somewhere in the vicinity of 60 million gallons.  Let me tell you, I am having a hard time even finding good schematics of those outfall/pump stations.

I find it interesting that in the report the “receiving body of water” is listed as the Duwamish River, which is technically true, but, then, (guess what?)  Hanford and Lander outfalls are very close to each other and just east of Harbor Island, and, thus, it’s only a few thousand feet from there to Elliott Bay, which, I think, is still part of Puget Sound.

At any rate, shouldn’t the focus be on the biggest offenders first for the health of Puget Sound? Shouldn’t all this energy being invested in the so-called Puget Sound Beach CSO projects be directed to those outfalls first? And, why are they not considered to be Puget Sound Beach Projects? Is Alki a beach? How about the beaches along the Duwamish after it officially becomes Elliot Bay, so to speak, you know, on the east side of the West Seattle peninsula?

Maybe there is a good reason, like, oh, we can’t do that now because of the superfund clean-up going on in the Duwamish?  I could be wrong, but the Hanford and Lander outfalls look like they are not within the boundaries of the designated superfund clean-up area.

I am not sure, but the priorities for cleaning up Puget Sound seem to be backwards — do the smallest CSO problem sites first. Until I hear otherwise, these priorities don’t make sense for the health of Puget Sound.