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USGS Presentation: Chimacum Groundwater Model Final Report


USGS Presentation - Chimacum Groundwater Model Final Report


Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxin

May 9, 2014 - Port Townsend - High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in water samples taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, May 5. The toxin level climbed to 990 micrograms per liter, almost 1,000 times higher than the Washington State recreational criteria.


Lake Monitoring Season Begins

Jefferson County Public Health has resumed lake monitoring for toxic bluegreen algae. The first water samples were taken Monday, April 14 from Anderson, Gibbs and Leland lakes and additional samples were taken Monday, April 21. The samples were sent to King County Environmental Labs to be analyzed for the toxins anatoxin-a and microcystin. Anatoxin-a was detected in Anderson Lake at 0.3 micrograms per liter, which is below the state recreational guideline of 1 microgram per liter. This is up slightly from last week’s results of 0.09 micrograms per liter.


Measles In Washington State

Measles in Washington State
Thomas Locke, MD, MPH, Jefferson County Health Officer
Cases of measles are occurring in three Washington State counties – San Juan, Whatcom, and Kitsap – along with a very large outbreak (>375 cases) in Southern British Columbia. To date there have been 12 confirmed cases in Washington State, the most recent being a Kitsap County man who was exposed in a restaurant while visiting Friday Harbor. Several of the known measles cases have travelled around the State during their contagious period, including time spent on the Washington State ferries and in restaurants and public gatherings.


Measles: Multi-County Exposure Possible


Free Septics 101 and 201 Classes

Learn how to monitor and maintain your septic system. Class schedule posted at the Resources for Homeowners webpage.


Public Health Heroes Honored

Every Year Public Health week is celebrated nationally and local Jefferson County Heroes are nominated. This year the Jefferson County Board of Health is honored to present the Public Health Heroes award to individuals for their work assisting citizen’s enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Everyone on this list was an “Assister” to help people enroll in the Washington Healthcare plans. They are all truly heroes. 


Sewage Spill at North Beach County Park

City of Port Townsend officials reported an intermittent leak of treated sewage at North Beach County Park beach. As a result of these spills, Jefferson County Public Health has issued a “No Contact” Health Advisory for all of North Beach and posted warning signs.
The public is advised to avoid any contact with the water at North Beach, including surfing, swimming, boating, fishing and harvesting of shellfish and seaweed. Shellfishing is always closed at North Beach due to the vicinity of the sewage treatment plant outfall. The treated sewage contains low numbers of bacteria, but there remains a risk to human health from water contact.


Oil Spill Results in Emergency Closure of Hood Canal Shellfish Beds

An oil spill estimated at 2,000 gallons was accidentally released Monday from a vessel at the Bangor Naval Base. In response, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) issued a shellfish advisory for Hood Canal from Brown Point on the Toandos Peninsula to the Hood Canal Bridge. Recreational harvest of shellfish in this area is temporarily closed due to the possibility of contamination by pollutants. Jefferson County Public Health posted Emergency Closure signs at the public boat ramp at Hicks County Park, the only public access point on the western shore. The closure includes Case Shoal, DNR-57B and DNR-59 shellfish beaches that are accessible only by boat.


The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later

The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later
Since the states settled their lawsuits against the tobacco companies in November 1998, The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has issued annual reports assessing whether the states are keeping their promise to use settlement funds — estimated at $246 billion over the first 25 years — to attack the enormous public health problems posed by tobacco use in the United States.

This report is issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Assocation, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung ASsociation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.  See the 2013 progress report here:  Broken Promises To Our Children



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