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Hood Canal Watershed Clean Water Project Public Meetings

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health in partnership with Jefferson County Conservation District will present a summary of work for the Hood Canal Watershed Clean Water Project at two public meetings in December.
The meetings will be held at the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 Hwy 101, Quilcene, WA 98376, Monday, December 8th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 Hwy 101, Brinnon, WA 98320, Wednesday December 10th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

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Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Employers of the Year

Port Townsend - The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program at Jefferson County Public Health, in partnership with the DD Advisory Board, Skookum, and Concerned Citizens, is celebrating National Disability Employment Month by honoring the following employers: Subway, Pizza Factory, Pane d'Amore, Enclume, Port Townsend Business Guides, Pippa's, Glow, Goodwill, Homer Smith Insurance, Uptown Nutrition, Safeway, Chimacum School District, and Bayview Restaurant. 

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Discovery Bay, Hood Canal Beaches Reopen to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish

Port Townsend – Declining biotoxin levels have allowed certain areas in Jefferson County to reopen to recreational shellfishing. Discovery Bay shellfishing areas have reopened to all species except butter and varnish clams, which can retain biotoxins longer. Hood Canal beaches from Seal Rock south to the Mason County line have re-opened for all species. In other parts of Hood Canal, Quilcene Bay and Dabob Bay remain closed due to biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

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Hood Canal Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Biotoxins

Port Townsend – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at elevated levels in shellfish samples collected from Hood Canal.

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Lethal Levels of PSP Found in Quilcene Bay Shellfish

Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at lethal concentrations in shellfish samples collected from Quilcene Bay. 

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Dabob and Quilcene Bay Beaches Now Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish due to Marine Biotoxins

Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at elevated concentrations in shellfish samples taken from Dabob and Quilcene Bays. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has expanded the closure to include both Dabob and Quilcene Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

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Quilcene Bay Beaches Closed To The Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxin


Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Quilcene Bay.

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Sports Physicals available at School Based Health Center in Port Townsend and Chimacum

Get ready for fall sports! Make an appointment for your sports physical with your primary care provider or with the School Based Health Center.

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Discovery Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxin

Marine biotoxins that cause Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Discovery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Discovery Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at August 6th Picnic

World Breastfeeding Week is August 4-9 and the 2014 theme is “BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life.” Jefferson County Public Health supports the annual global celebration with a picnic on Wednesday, August 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Chetzamoka Park in Port Townsend.

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