Norovirus Outbreak in Oysters Unrelated to West Point Overflow

An outbreak of norovirus linked to consumption of raw oysters harvested in Puget Sound is not connected to temporarily reduced treatment capacity at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant.   The recent outbreak of norovirus resulting from consumption of raw oysters has received wide press because it results in outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, and people…

When the Unexpected Unfolds: Protecting People After Wastewater Overflows

When conversations in our region circle around to water quality, the trigger is usually bad news.  Puget Sound’s resident orca whales had a tough year because they couldn’t find enough salmon to eat.  Shellfish harvests and beaches close due to toxic algae in the water. Fingers point at polluted stormwater runoff, combined sewer overflows, leaking septic…