Current Water at Issaquah Creek.

Welcome to Current Water 08/14/2017

We’re at the tail end of a heat wave here in Seattle. Two weeks ago the city flirted with temps in the triple digits and it’s been in the upper 80’s ever since. The city set up “cooling centers” around town for the record-breaking heat as many people lack AC. Hand-in-hand with the heat was a lack of rain. Fifty-six days without precipitation. It’s a new record and has left the lawn around the South Lake Union park brown. Brown. Brown is not the usual color here and neither is a need for air conditioning.

Jerry and Gabby taking the dinghy to dinner at Duke's Chowder House on Lake Union, Seattle, WA.
Jerry and Gabby taking the dinghy to dinner at Duke’s Chowder House on Lake Union, Seattle, WA

We have the luxury of air conditioning on our boat and have taken advantage of the heat with BBQ’s on the back deck, dinghy rides, kayaking, and generally playing in the water. The lovely in-ground fountains at SLU park were full of children playing and the “Ben and Jerry’s” ice cream van on the plaza did a brisk business.

 

 

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Seattle, WA. Photo: KingCounty.Gov
West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Seattle, WA. Photo: KingCounty.Gov

I also took a hike out at Discovery Park to “see what I could see” of King County’s West Point Water Treatment Center. It takes a permit to get in and without one I couldn’t see much. But I could smell it. Unlike it’s sister treatment plant, Brightwater in Woodinville, West Point stinks. What I could see, however, is that the plant sits DIRECTLY above the beach. Following the West Point flooding, and release of 235 Million gallons of untreated wastewater, this lovely beach was closed while bacteria remained high.

The plant is cleaned up now and operating relatively normally. The beach is open again and it’s a lovely hike. I recommend a hike to the beach and taking a peak at the Discovery Park Lighthouse.

I hope you’re having a great week. Temps have returned to normal here and it’s a comfortable 61 degrees.

Best wishes always,

Jennifer Croft