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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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more indiv~d groups worried about preserving the area's priceless natural environment have been in the forefront of efforts to prevent water and air pollution. Today, thanks in large part to public concern aroused by their efforts and those of like-minded persons elsewhere, surveillance and enforcement programs are now being actively carried on by two government agencies responsible for safeguarding all fresh water streams and lakes, coastal salt waters, and the atmosphere of Mason County. On January 8, 1970, the State Water Pollution Control Commission adopted a regulation setting quality standards for intrastate fresh waters and a plan for implementing and enforcing tlrose standards. Subsequently the commission was consolidated with the State Department of Ecology. This followed department adoption the previous year of standards and enforcement procedure for interstate coastal waters, which include this county's inland tidal waters. Objective of the water pollution control regulations as TECHNICIAN Virgil Vestal checks a high volume air pollution sampler at a Shelton monitoring station• Other devices shown are sulfation indicator, upper left; and dust fall jar, upper right• MONITORING STATION samples are analyzed by Robert Hake in the Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority's Olympia laboratory for large particle fallout, suspended finer particles, and sulphur dioxide. defined by state law is as follows: "To maintain the highest possible standards to insure purity of all waters of the state consistent with public health and public enjoyment thereof, the propagation and protection of wild life, birds, game, fish and other aquatic life, and the industrial development of the state." On December 3, 1969. the Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority which covers Mason and five other, counties, adopted a regulation under its declared policy, which is: "To secure and maintain such lcxels of air quality as will protect human health and safer3 and, to the greatest degree practicable, prc~,c,lt i~ljury to plant and animal life and to property and be consistc~t with the social, economic, and induslrial well-being o1 the territory of tile Authority. "" Under tile ~ater pollution regulations, all waters in Mason County including lakes, streams, reservoirs, Hood Canal, and the southern bays and inlets of Puget Sound. except Shelton's inner harbor, have been classified either as Class AA F.xtraordinary or A Excellent, the top categories. The harbor is Class B Good, which permits use for industrial water supply. All of Hood Canal and North Bay on Case Inlet are Class AA. Pickering Passage, Squaxin Passage, Hammersley Inlet, Little Skookum Bay, Totten Inlet, and upper Oakland Bay are Class A. Fresh waters in Class AA are the Dosewallips, Duckabush, Hamma Hamma, and Skokomish Rivers and their tributaries, Union River from Bremerton waterworks to its source, and Decker Creek. Union River from its mouth in Hood Canal to the waterworks and the Tahuya River, which also feeds Hood Canal, are class A. A special condition prohibits waste discharge into the Union River. All of the county's 80 lakes and reservoirs are placed in a special Lake Class. Characteristic uses are the same as Class AA, with quality criteria requiring no measureable change from natural conditions, except for organic matter which has Class A limits. Boll] AA and A classifications require Ihat toxic, radioactive, or delelerious material be less that Ihose which affect public health or Ihe natural aquatic enx'ironmenl and that water quality shall not offend the senses of sight, smell, taste, or touch. The department is also concerned w~th entorcement of HB 51, the "Oil Spill Bill" passed by the 1969 Legislature. This is characterized as the toughest regulation of its kind in the United States. Bulk oil storage plants, service stations, pleasure boat owners as well as sea-going tankers and other sources whose spillage may cause water pollution are subject to its regulations and penalties. Regularly scheduled surveillance of the coastal and salt waters is being conducted by airplane, by boat, and from places on shore such as bridges• Nine sampling and mouitoring devices are located m the county, q'hesc arc checked every three months by sea planes, [:our of these are in the Shelton harbor area of lower Oakland Bay. Two arc on lfood Canal, one near Sisters Point, the other near [{ldon. Torten Inlet. ttammersley Inlet, and Picketing Passage each have one. On fresh waters, regular surveillance is scheduled only where there is municipal discharge of sewage or industrial dumping. Monitoring on these sites is done with a truck-mounted device which records sampling data on tape 24 hours a day, six days a pollution. week. The air pollution control One of these is now in use on regulation limits open burning for the Wynoochee River Dam recreation or cooking and construction site near Camp disposing of household waste to Grisdale. This portion of the fires four feet in diameter. Such u~u~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uu~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~fill~~~Ill~~~~u~~~~~~~~u~~u~u~~~~~~u~~~~ O Your help is needed by the State Department of Ecology to protect lakes and streams from illegal pollution. Any citizen with information about a fish kill, oil spill, or other evidence of pollution is asked to report it by telephone to one of these enforcement agencies: From 8 to 5 weekdavs: 753-6896, Department of Ecology, Olympia. After 5 p.m. and weekends: 426-4286, AI Rasmussen, Shelton area game warden. 532-0219, Sgt. Charles Lake, fisheries patrol, Hoquiam. 943-1989, Emmanuel LeMier, Fisheries Dept. biologist, Olympia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wynoochee is ('lass AA since it Is within the Olympic National Forest where ail intrastate waters arc in that category, as they are also in Olympic National Park. To control casual dumping on lakes and small streams the department solicits help tram the public. An "'Operation Alert" campaign is being organized which will publicize agencies to be notified of fish kills, oil spills, or other tires must not emit offensive odors, excessively dark smoke, or create a nuisance. All other open burning may be conducted only under permit from the control officer. Permits are issued only when there is no burning of garbage, dead animals, petroleum, rubber, or other products with dense smoke and obnoxious odors, and no salvage operations. All solid waste disposal OLYM PIA WATER POLLUTION monitoring stations in lower Puget Sound are indicated by abbreviated area designations. Near Shelton are those in Oakland Bay, Hammersley and Totten Inlets. Two Hood Canal stations do not show on this map, but there are two in Mason County. age S-26 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 operators, both municipal and industrial, are under notice to comply or apply for variances to continue operations while modifying their methods. The authority's objective is to phase out all garbage dump burning by October, 1972. Use of rubber tires to start brush and slash fires has been prohibited. Propane lances are recommended as a substitute. Eventually slash burning will be considerably reduced through use of chippers and stump machines which reduce tile timber debris to particles small enough to leave on the site. Visual emissions which include particles large enough and in sufficient number to cause annoyance to any other person are prohibited. Limits arc placed on emissions of carbon dioxide and sulphur or fluoride compounds. Precise criteria are provided for measuring such emissions. Incineration operation is permitted only in multiple chamber devices having emission control apparatus. Operation at night requires approval by the control officer. Surveillance is conducted by a monitoring technician who obtains data which is evaluated in a chemical laboratory at the authority's Olympia headquarters. Twenty-five monitoring stations have been set up in the six-county jurisdiction. IIIIIIIlUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUllUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII A colored slide presentation explaining the responsibilities and activities of the, Olympic Air Pollution Control Authority has been prepared for presentation. This is available for delivery to schools, service clubs, business groups, and any others who desire the information. Arrangements may be made by calling Authority headouarters at 120 East State Street, Olympia, phone 3524881. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIlUllUlIlUlIlUlIIIIIlIIIIlUlUllUllUlUll . . . 1:O11 The vacation season is in full swing and this summer our highways will be more crowded than ever. Unfor- tunately this also means more tragic accidents on our roads and highways. The National Safety Council urges you to exercise special care in the days ahead. Drive carefully and take extra precautions. Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition. Check your tires, brakes and lights in particular. Drive under posted speed limits and obey all traffic signs and signals. Remember that weekends, especially on holidays, will bring out many people who will try to stretch that busy, fun weekend a few extra minutes. Give a little. Give a little extra room and extra time to help prevent highway accidents. COUNTY P.U.D. NO. Potlatch, Washington Dick Buechel, President Harold Hunter, Secretary Art Indahl, Commissioner Les Hein, Manager Commercial and residential propane gas service is provided throughout Mason County by the Home Gas Com- pany at Hoodsport. A full line of propane gas appliances is. also carried at the Hoodsport office. Qualified servicemen axe available at all times. Whether your propane gas re- quirements are for your business, home, trailer, or summer cabin, you'll appreciate the service provided by this local, home-owned company. Weekdays 8 to 5 Curtis and Virginia Grout Business hours call Hoodsport 877-5311 Emergency -- Union 898-2334 In Business On the Canal Since 1954 BONNIE PURE WILD HONEY 7 Flavors From the Natural Blossoms HOME MADE CHEESES -- PURE APPLE CIDER HOME STYLE PICKLES -- JAMS -- JELLIES Concrete Yard Decorations Bedding Plants- Plants Bird Houses & Feeders SPECIALIZING• IN INDIAN BASKETS AND ARTS OF THE NORTHWEST OPEN DALLY 9 A.M. 'til DARK On Highway 101 at.Valley Center Skokomish Reservation PIC VIEW CONSTRUCTION COMPANY tial and New Construction Custom Building From Your Plans or Ours Quality Construction, Minimum Cost Paul Brown Wes Dosser 426-4312 426-8427 Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-67