Last night at The Hall at Fauntleroy, we checked in on the second of two West Seattle open houses regarding the King County Wastewater Treatment decisions-to-be-made about how to handle “combined sewer overflows,” which happen (on average) at least four times a year, a million gallons of stormwater/untreated sewage into Puget Sound each time, from the Murray (Lowman Beach) and Barton (by Fauntleroy dock) spots. Talked with KCWT’s Martha Tuttle for two points of clarification: (1) The CSO plans are separate from the still-in-the-works plans to upgrade the underground pump stations at Murray and Barton. (The latter, she says, is on track for construction in 2011; Murray will be sometime “later” – Tuttle points out there’s already been a fair amount of upgrading at that site.) (2) Look for another round of meetings in late January where KCWT will return with the proposed “alternatives” (from the four general types described in our report on the Wednesday night meeting); then decisions will be made in May. She says that despite King County budget woes, these projects ARE in the budget – the overflows are a situation the county is required by law to fix. (P.S. Next time there’s a storm – check out the real-time CSO info for West Seattle on this county page.)
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