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Dyes Inlet closed to shellfish harvesting

The city of Bremerton today reported a discharge of 167,000 gallons of fully-treated sewage from their treatment plant in east Bremerton.

The discharge was caused by heavy rains last night. Incoming tides carried the discharge into Dyes Inlet. Due to the high volume of discharge, the Health District has issued a seven-day closure for shellfish harvesting in Dyes Inlet.

During the advisory, the public is advised not to harvest shellfish from beaches in Dyes Inlet or Port Washington Narrows. The advisory is scheduled to be lifted the morning of Friday, December 7, 2012.

The Health District also recommends not harvesting shellfish anywhere in Kitsap County during and following heavy rain events due to the increased risk of illness from waterborne pathogens.

For additional information on this advisory, contact Shawn Ultican, Senior Environmental Health Specialist in the Water Pollution Identification and Correction Program, at 360-731-5713.

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