King TV reported today that the City of Everett overflowed a mixture of storm water and untreated sewage into the Snohomish River. The city public works director indicated that they dumped an estimated 25 million gallons over a period of 2 hours due to their inability to handle the flow created by the rain storm. During that same storm, the City of Bremerton dumped 700,000 gallons of combined stormwater and sewage into Sinclair inlet and the Port Washington Narrows according to the Kitsap Sun.
The Washington State Department of Ecology spill response website for oil and hazardous waste “current incident” section was last updated in May 2010. Does DOE really believe that runoff from shoreline homeowners’ lawns is more important than city utility spills and storm water runoff?