10 Puget Sound beaches closed for fecal bacteria
Several popular King County beaches are closed during the July 4 holiday weekend because of high levels of fecal bacteria.
The state Department of Ecology and local health departments have issued a no-contact advisory for 10 beaches in four counties until further notice. Those beach include:
Irondale Beach Park
Point Whitney Tidelands
Saltwater State Park
Redondo County Park
Des Moines Beach Park
Potlatch State Park
Twanoh State Park
Belfair State Park
Burfoot County Park
Scientists say the extreme heat from last weekend likely caused high levels of bacteria. The high temperatures may have acted like an incubator for bacteria growth. Additionally, it also could be due to the larger than normal crowds using beaches to seek relief from the heat.
If you ignore the warnings and decide to swim anyway, the Department of Ecology says you should shower immediately after getting out of the water or when you return home.