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Second EnviroStar Business Certified in Port Ludlow

Port Townsend, WA – Jefferson County Environmental Health is excited to announce that Port Ludlow Dentistry is our second business in Port Ludlow to qualify for the EnviroStars program, coming in at the 4-star level!  They join Port Ludlow Marina who is both an EnviroStar and a Clean Marina Washington.  The mission of EnviroStars is to provide assistance and incentives for smaller businesses to reduce hazardous materials and waste in order to protect public health, municipal systems, and the environment.

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Anderson Lake at Caution Level

Port Townsend – A toxic bluegreen algae bloom that has kept Anderson Lake closed since early April has begun to dissipate. Samples taken on Monday, November 7 showed that toxins have declined to below safe limits set by the Washington Department of Health. Anderson Lake State Park has removed the closure and posted the lake with Caution signs. The park is closed for the season, so access is on foot only with limited parking near the entrance.

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Hood Canal Clean Streams Public Open House

Port Townsend – Port Townsend, WA - Jefferson County Water Quality Department will be holding a public open house for Hood Canal residents.  This event is scheduled Monday, December 5th 2016 at the Quilcene Community Center 294950 Hwy 101 in Quilcene, WA from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (short presentations will begin at 5 pm). Free water conservation gifts will be provided to all who attend.

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Community Health Improvement Plan adopted by Joint Board

November 4, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Obermeyer
Phone: (360) 385-9400
Jefferson County Public Health
kobermeyer@co.jefferson.wa.us

Community Health Improvement Plan adopted by Joint Board
 

Jefferson County – The Jefferson County Board of Health and the Jefferson County Hospital District board have both unanimously adopted the Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address the community’s most important current health issues.

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Coastal Residents Convene to Promote Marine Protection and Restoration

Annual summit brings together four Coastal Marine Resources Committees

LONG BEACH, WA -  On the heels of two major coastal storms, representatives from the four coastal county Marine Resources Committees (MRCs) will gather next week for a three-day summit to discuss local marine issues, including coastal erosion and flooding. The 7th annual Coastal Marine Resources Committee Summit will include all four coastal county MRCs...

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Port Townsend Bay Re-opens to Recreational Harvest of Shellfish;

Kilisut Harbor Open to All Species Except Butter and Varnish Clams.

Port Townsend – Port Townsend Bay including Fort Flagler has re-opened for recreational shellfishing of all species. Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay are open to all species except butter and varnish clams, which tend to retain biotoxins longer than other species.

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Celebration of Annual World Breastfeeding Week on August 3rd

Port Townsend – There will be a picnic at Port Townsend's Chetzemoka Park on August 3rd from 11:00 to 12:30 in honor of breastfeeding moms, their babies, families, and friends and to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 - 7, 2016.

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Beach Closure Lifted at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend – The “No Contact” Health Advisory that was issued for Port Ludlow Bay following a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Sunday, July 17th has been lifted. Jefferson County Public Health staff collected water quality samples in the area, and lab results indicate the water is safe for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. 

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Port Townsend Bay Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Fort Flagler State Park have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Port Townsend Bay, including Fort Flagler and the Port Hadlock area, for recreational shellfish harvest.
 

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Port Ludlow Closed Due Sewage Discharge

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Port Ludlow have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).
 

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