Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish.

NE shore of Penn Cove:

Treated water not safe?

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Washington State Dept. of Health image:

View NE shore Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

See all of Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Possibly of interest:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards. “Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We were home when the Island County Health Dept. was out on 11/21/17 to do a report.

We made a public records request for the report. The inspection report is posted on my personal blog here: Packed In 4 Deep?

Cars next door to us are packed in tight– several cars deep. We can’t see how it would have been possible to inspect a vehicle that is surrounded by several other vehicles- so tightly that it would not be possible to open doors, look under the hood, etc.

How long did this inspection take?

When did the inspection start and end?

How many junk cars and trucks were on site on this date?

How many junk cars and trucks were inspected on this date?

The inspection report does not provide this information.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Details here:

Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

 

Background:

Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

Photo- Riepma Pier

WDFW:

“Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatement plant outfalls.”