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Don’t worry: Alki showers not as bad as Exxon Valdez disaster

KIRO Radio's Dori Monson thinks people with the City of Seattle might be exaggerating the seriousness of the shower runoff problems at Alki. (Creative Commons/Russ Walker)

Taken from Thursday’s edition of The Dori Monson Show.

This is a just silly story to a lot of people, but to me it’s a very serious one because it illustrates just what we’re dealing with.

We’re dealing with two things: A government that will do anything to try to get as much of our money as possible and a voting populous here that is as gullible as any in the region. When those forces collide, it means that government is very eager to screw you and me over.

We told you on Wednesday about this ridiculous situation at some of the Seattle beaches, particularly at Alki where the Seattle Parks Department and Seattle Public Utilities said they were shutting off the showers.

People asked why they were shutting off the showers. They said, well when people rinse off at the showers at the beach it rinses suntan lotion off and it rinses into the Puget Sound. Then I said, well when people walk into the water when they are laying out at the beach, doesn’t that get a lot more suntan lotion into the Sound?

Interview with Larry Altose with the Department of Ecology

“I think it’s clear from my interview with him the people at Seattle Public Utilities were making up statements about chlorine being a problem,” says KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.

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I think they started to realize that story wasn’t going to work. So they have a new story that they’ve concocted in the last 18 hours. They said it gets chlorine from tap water into the Sound and the chlorine kills the fish.

Because we’ve got these robot voters around here, if you say it will hurt the fish, they say where do I send my money?

Fortunately, the Seattle Parks Department just happens to have a massive tax increase on the ballot that is in voters hands right now for you to triple or quadruple the amount of property taxes you’ll give to the parks. And what they’re saying is this illustrates the problem and this is why you have to vote for this massive tax increase.

But I have a little science question for you: When you take several gallons of tap water and you mix it with billions of gallons of saltwater, what does that tap water become? I would guess it becomes saltwater.

Another question for you: Do you drink tap water? Are you still alive? When you take several gallons of that tap water and mix it with billions of gallons of saltwater, do you think the fish could still handle that?

How serious is this problem? I hope they don’t go to great lengths to suggest comparisons between a shower runoff into Puget Sound and other ecological disasters.

“Well you know it’s not the Exxon Valdez, but all problems, all pollutants need to be rerouted and go to the correct place,” said Ellen Stewart with Seattle Public Utilities.

Phew. It’s not the Exxon Valdez.

So for those of you who were ready to quit your job and run down and start washing the suntan lotion and the chlorine off the little birds that were flopping around on the beach, you don’t have to do that yet because it’s not yet as bad as the Exxon Valdez. But the showers are back on at Alki, so watch out.

Taken from Thursday’s edition of The Dori Monson Show.


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