Storm runoff makes Puget Sound murky and messy

Print
Email
|

by TRICIA MANNING-SMITH / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 22 at 6:24 PM

SEATTLE - Look down any roadside and you'll see trash that many people just ignore. All that debris is making for a horrible diving experience in Puget Sound. The recent storms have only added to the problem. Runoff is flushing cigarette butts, wrappers, cans, all sorts of trash into the already murky water. 

Laura James picked up garbage in a West Seattle parking lot on Saturday.  Her bag was full in a matter of minutes. 

"It's gross," said James.

Divers Lamont Grandquist and Kees Beemster-Levernz say the quality and visibly is terrible recently.

"It's very unpleasant. We like to go down there and see wildlife. We like to see octopus and fish and we'd like to see them healthy in the environment, but when we see cigarette butts, leaves and things, it's not a good feeling," said Beemster-Levernz.

Laura James shared some underwater video she recently shot off of West Seattle.  It shows garbage trapped in a debris field and a black plume of street runoff. 

"These past few weeks when we've had these rain storms come through... all that runoff effects our waters dramatically," said James. 

Divers like James believe the only way to clean up the Sound, is for people to take the situation into their own hands and pick up the garbage themselves.

Print
Email
|