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3/23/2017

West Point Treatment Plant & Water Update 3/23/17


What's up with the water in Shilshole Bay?  (3/23/17 Update)

After Feb's sewage and stormwater overflows at West Point due to high rain and tides, the Seattle Times published the photo here stating the discolored water was sewage. Those of us that paddle here know that due to extreme high tides that day, a dropping tide and 20kt winds, the discolored water - is not sewage, but rather eroded sediment from the Magnolia bluffs and shorelines.

The Seattle Times writer insisted otherwise but on Tuesday this week the King County Waste Water Division which runs the plant backed up my claim, that it was indeed eroded sediment. They published my findings in their blog this week.

Why do I care? I've had to cancel and reschedule several March classes and tours due to folks getting misinformation from the Times as well as shock from the poorly labeled photo. Many are still too spooked to go in the water, yet the country and Dept of Ecology has assured me that water is safe but suggested to avoid it for up to 2 days after a heavy rain until the plant gets fixed in late April, (standard procedure in Southern California and Hawaii all year). 

I am finding that many don't trust govt and it shows they don't believe me or the folks at the county and Ecology. You'll have to make your own decision, but I've been and will continue to paddle on Shilshole Bay.

Read the blog post on this update from King County Waste Water Div.

Useful Links for Planning Paddles (from the Beaches Div - Dept of Ecology)

King County Combined Sewer Overflow Status Map

King Country Wastewater Blog: https://kingcountywtd.com/2017/02/13/when-the-unexpected-unfolds-protecting-people-after-wastewater-overflows/

Fecal Matters Blog: http://ecologywa.blogspot.com/search/label/Fecal%20matters
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcologyWA/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ecologywa
Find public beaches and info on beach closures: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/

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3/21/2017

2017 St Paddles Day Race a Success!

Our 5th annual St Paddles Day Race on Hood Canal at Alderbrook Resort was a success with a stoked bunch of paddlers willing to brave high winds. The 6.47 mile course started with a mild SW wind at their left side. After the first buoy turn at Hood Canal Marina the paddlers entered a 2.5 mile epic downwinder to Tahuya River mouth. Inside the scenic river estuary the paddlers enjoyed a short break from winds while rounding a buoy. Re-entering the Canal for a 1.5m crossing back to Aldebrook paddlers fought a wicked 30kt wind on their right side all the way to the finish line.

7 paddlers quit at the river mouth after realizing how painful the last leg would be. 3 never left the bay in front of the resort just after the race start, one of which I towed toward shore. Thanks to the local Mason country Sheriff department and Captain Lee Geist for volunteering their boats and pro rescue skills - as a result of their help paddlers felt comfortable quiting knowing they'd have a speedy ride back to shore.

Dropping our buoy manager Jeff Gassen
Congrats to those who did complete the last leg back to the resort battling waist high waves and wind!

The 3 mile racers enjoyed a light wind at their backs to push them to 'the castle' a medieval looking house down the Canal. Around the buoy, the racers then fought 15-20kt winds back to the finish line. Winner Troy Trimmer took the smarter less and sometimes no wind route by hugging the shore back to the resort.

Awards were given at 2pm and many of the racers were found taking it easy after the race in the Alderbrook's glass enclosed pool and huge hot tub.

Race Results - Thanks to Mark McAlpin for scoring.

Photo of the race by photographer Jasmine Speaks

Full race video of a double outrigger (great pov of all sections of the race)


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Tran Lu on the last mile to the finish line


3/15/2017

Norm Hann Presents his Award Winning Film - Stand - At the Ballard Elks March 29th

Join us at the Ballard Elks Lodge March 29th at 7pm to see BC's Norm Hann present his award winning film Stand..

The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most incredible marine and terrestrial ecosystems found anywhere in the world. This area contains unique and diverse wildlife, intact First Nation’s culture and thriving tourism industries.

In 2010 standup paddle boarder Norm Hann, along with sea kayaker Brian Huntington of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, paddled the proposed oil tanker route 400km from Kitimat to Bella Bella. The goal of the Standup4Greatbear Expedition was to bring awareness to the threat of these oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest and to highlight the traditional food harvesting areas of the First Nation’s people along the route. 


Read more on Norm's page.https://www.normhann.com/standup4greatbear/

Stand Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAnRFd3jBqQ

$15 for general public (Discount tickets available to Elk’s & Paddle Club Members) Additional Donations welcome.

This is a fundraiser to benefit Standup4GreatBear Society with a portion of the proceeds donated to a Ballard Elk's charitable cause.

Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2893605
or Purchase at the door with check or cash - space is limited

Where? Ballard Elks Lodge, Seattle - 6411 Seaview Ave NW

Doors open at 6:00pm



Questions?  salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com



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3/14/2017

West Point Treatment Facility - Update 3/14/17

On Feb 4, 2017 the West Point Treatment Facility on Shilshole Bay was overrun with extreme high tides and over an 1" of rain. These 'perfect storm' conditions blew out the plant's pumps, flooding the facility and thus to relieve strain on the building, 250 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater poured into Puget Sound.  A second overflow happened on 2/16 as a result of more heavy rain.

The plant has since received emergency funds from the city to be repaired by the end of April. Last
2/16 Natural sediment and sewage plume at West Point
week, a Seattle Times article on the situation displayed a 2/16 aerial photo of West Point showing 'raw sewage' flowing into the Sound.  I contacted both parties as what was called 'raw sewage' to us (the local paddling community) resembled sediment from that morning's extreme high tide which is common at that location.  The Times writer and county confirmed that that 'plume' was indeed sewage.  Given our time on the water in that location, I'll settle with half sewage plume, half erosion sediment.  :)   Since 2/16 no untreated sewage has been released from the plant, this confirmed today the county which manages the plant.

Nonetheless, the overall situation has impacted our business and of course the environment. We have lost business and/or had to reschedule classes during the Feb plant failures.

Read for more details regarding this situation from an official from ing County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD):

Hi Rob,

You did not receive any incident response emails because there have been no recent emergency bypasses of the plant and no beach closures related to West Point.

To clarify the news story you referenced: The West Point treatment plant is not currently in bypass mode. The caption on the main photo (of the “brown plume”) of the Seattle Times article is correct. It shows the plant on Feb. 16 during an emergency bypass – which is not currently happening and hasn’t happened since Feb.16.

If a bypass occurs, we will notify the media and the public as quickly as possible, post affected beaches as closed, and inform health and regulatory agencies.

We have restored treatment capacity to about 250 million gallons per day, which is more than twice the capacity needed to treat flows into the plant at this time of year. Rainfall amounts of one inch or more within several days in Seattle could lead to flow levels that would exceed the plant capacity, and in that situation, a bypass is possible. If rain is in the weather forecast, West Point plant operators will carefully monitor precipitation levels and flow rates with the goal of avoiding a bypass. The Department of Ecology recently reviewed our temporary wet-weather plan that will enable operators to divert flows other portions of the system, including the Elliott West and Carkeek combined sewer overflow treatment plants.

We are treating at a limited primary level, which means incoming wastewater is screened of trash and debris, some organic solids are settled out and removed, and the remaining water is disinfected, dechlorinated and returned to Puget Sound through a deep-water outfall that is about three-quarters of a mile offshore.

We recently posted two blog articles to help people with a perspective on the West Point incident (and other overflows that happen from city systems and King County’s), how we respond, and water quality monitoring results. You can find those stories, updated frequently asked questions, and news releases with detailed information as they come in at our incident response page.

We encourage people to read the news releases for the most-accurate, up-to-date information. Please know that when we see mistakes or misinterpretation of info we have provided in a story by the press, our media relations staff work to correct errors. Of course, if you read something in the media that concerns you, please feel free to contact us.

Please let us know if you have further questions.
We have set up a phone line and email so that people will get responses right away even if individuals are out of the office. You may want to contact our phone line and email that is specifically for updates on West Point:  206-477-5371 (after hours, leave message), and Wastewater.communityservices@kingcounty.gov.

Thank  you,


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3/12/2017

St Paddles Day Race - March 18 2017

6.4m Race Route
Celebrate the beginning of the Spring paddling season with our annual tradition: St. Paddle's Day! Enjoy family-friendly non-sanctioned races, hearty fare, warm beverages, our BattleBrook Beer by Fish Tale Ales and SUP yoga by Joonbug Yoga!

This event is co-hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle and Alderbrook Resort

Online race registration is available online via Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2880869).

Race Facebook Page

3m Race Route
Lodging - Contact Alderbrook Resort (ask about the racer discount)

Online SUP Yoga class registration is available online (http://joonbugyoga.com/events-retreats/).

Where is Alderbrook? From Seattle, take the Bremerton ferry, then follow signs to Belfair, then Union. Brem ferry is 1hr, then a 30min drive to Union. 
Directions

TIMELINE:
8:30 race registration and vendor set up
10:00 safety meeting (mandatory for all racers)
10:30 kid's paddle (parents must be present)
11:15 start of adult long course
11:30 start of adult short course
11:45-12:30 kid's SUP clinic taught by Michelle Pugh or Joonbug Yoga12:45-1:30 SUP yoga taught by Michelle Pugh of Joonbug Yoga
2:00 Results and prizes


6.4 mile long race - This is a triangle course from the resort to the Tayuha River, to Hood Canal Marina then back to Alderbrook. *The race is for those who can handle wind up to 20+ kts, current and waves.
Start of the 2016 6.5m Race

3 mile race - Great for beginner racers or those wanting to take it easy - From Alderbrook Resort east down the Canal to the 'Castle' and back.

Kids Race/Paddle - A fun 'around the dock' sprint for kids.

Who should come?
Racers - The race is for all paddling crafts SUP, kayak, prone, outrigger canoe, sculls, canoes and surf ski. You should have competent open water skills. The 3m and 6.4m races are not for those that have never paddled before.  Non-Racers - The event is a great place for non-racers to watch the races and hang out for the day.

Vendors - The event is free for paddle related vendors. Bring your company tent and show off your products or service near the starting line. Contact us to register.

Questions? 
- Alderbrook Resort: (360) 898-2200 (lodging)
- Cindy Sund (co-director): 360.898.5306
- Rob at Salmon Bay Paddle:
206-465-7167 / salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com



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3/10/2017

2017 SUP Surf Camps!

We offer 2 and 3 day SUP surf camps on the Washington Coast. With a great instructor to student ratio of 2:6, we start beginners to surf on small waves and larger waves for those with more experience. We break each skill level into two groups and work with you at your own pace. Surfing can be hard work for beginners, so we take lots of breaks.

Who Should Come?
This is a camp for Level 1 paddlers with no or minimal experience on a SUP in waves and for Level 1 and 2 paddlers with surf experience seeking to refresh skills or get to the next level. You should be in good physical shape as surfing can be exhausting.

We have two pricing options - #1 - We bring the gear for you; #2 You bring your own gear (less $)

Book now to save your spot, these fill up quickly!

Read more on our new website! 

Surf camp co-instructor Jon Brown working it

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3/07/2017

First SUP Lesson in March!

Last Saturday I had two stoked students out for a lesson on Shilshole Bay. Both had some experience but I covered the basics to fill in any info they didn't know.  They finished the lesson with a a solid swinging pivot/buoy turn, a crossbow and both did great walking on the board.

The sun came out for a bit reminding us Spring is near..