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Port Ludlow Bay Health Advisory Lifted

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health has lifted a “No Contact” Health Advisory for Port Ludlow Bay and an unnamed stream flowing through the Port Ludlow Golf Course and into Port Ludlow Bay.

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Dabob Bay Beaches Reopen to the Recreational Harvest of Certain Shellfish Species

Port Townsend - Declining biotoxin levels in mussels, oysters and Manila clams have allowed a partial reopening for recreational shellfishing in Dabob Bay. The harvest of Butter and Varnish clams remains closed due to biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

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Port Ludlow Sewage Spill

Port Townsend - Olympic Water and Sewer officials reported a sewage spill at the intersection of Muir Court and Highlands Drive in Port Ludlow on Sunday, November 23, 2014, due to a sewage pipe blockage. Repairs to the sewer system were made promptly and the problem corrected Sunday afternoon.

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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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