Waters near Point Defiance Park off-limits due to fecal contamination

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

Stock: Owen Beach

Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park in March 2014.

THOMAS SOERENES — Staff photographer Buy Photo

Visitors to Point Defiance Park are advised to stay away from the water after a sanitary sewer overflowed and contaminated the water.

The closure includes Owen Beach. Workers have posted signs in the area.

Touching water contaminated with fecal matter can result in skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and gastroenteritis, according to the state Department of Ecology.

It’s unclear when the waters around the park will be reopened for recreation.

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