KIRKLAND, Wash. - A diesel oil sheen discovered on Lake Washington off Kirkland on Sunday morning covered an area about 100 feet by 30 feet.
Kirkland resident Patrick Hines said he and a friend were exercising on the waterfront and smelled fuel as they neared David E. Brink Park. When they saw the sheen on the water, they reported it.
The state Ecology Department, Kirkland Fire Department and King County Sheriff's Office arrived and deployed 900 feet of oil containment boom around the sheen.
The diesel appeared to have entered the lake through two storm drains. Responders plugged the drains to keep more diesel from entering the lake and were investigating the source of the oil.
Ecology officials say all diesel spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size, and a single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.
"Living near the water in a community like Kirkland reminds me that we always need to be a steward for wildlife and our environment," Hines said.