Friday, February 01, 2008

Sewage Spill in Marin County

At approximately 6:30 PM, a 2.7 million gallon sewage spill occured yesterday in Richardson Bay (Marin County). By direction of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, a notice to all local jurisdictions in the Bay Area was sent the following morning.

All of the 2.7 million gallons had been partially treated (50% primary and 50% secondary). The possibility that this spill will affect San Mateo County Beaches is non-existent. However, to ensure our coast and bay beaches are not impacted and thus causing public health concerns, San Mateo County Environmental Health, in cooperation with the SurfRider Foundation, will be sampling beaches on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Should these samples indicate elevated counts of bacteria, Environmental Health will take appropriate actions.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Dean D. Peterson, Director of Environmental Health, at (650) 363-4968. The City will also be providing any updates that are received from the County, hopefully sometime early next week.

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