HEALTH ALERT: Cormorant Cove beach closed

After our friends at Beach Drive Blog published a report of a warning sign on the beach at Cormorant Cove Park, in the 3600-3700 block of Beach Drive, we started checking around with public agencies today. From Andy Ryan at Seattle Public Utilities:

Yesterday (8/22), SPU responded to a report of an active side sewer leak, at 3601 Beach Drive SW. We contacted the property manager, who was unaware of the leak, and who then called the plumber to arrange for repairs. SPU’s inspector posted beach-closed signs and reported the leak to: the state Department of Ecology; Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County; the state Department of Health and Seattle Parks. SPU will coordinate with the property management to ensure the repair is completed and, as advised by Public Health — Seattle & King County – King County, will begin to take water quality samples after the leak is stopped.

9 Replies to "HEALTH ALERT: Cormorant Cove beach closed"

  • Patricia Geraghty August 24, 2017 (10:55 am)

    We appreciate the anonymous caller to the city reporting a raw sewage leak under Harbor West. However, it is NOT raw sewage but a water pipe which is being repaired now. Should the anonymous caller have contacted Harbor West as the first point of information  we could have saved tax payer money and community inconvenience. Harbor West is committed to protecting the beach we are so privileged to live above.  We have an established protocol that includes daily inspection under the pier.  If any problem is noticed immediate action is taken to inspect and/or repair as needed. Should a neighbor notice any problem we plead that they notify us directly so that we can take proper action, which could include notifying the city if  needed. This could have easily been resolved by dealing directly with Harbor West.   

    Patricia  Geraghty, for the Harbor West Board of Directors

  • Guy Olson August 24, 2017 (1:02 pm)

    That is the second time in just a few years this place has had a leak. The property management needs to do a better job of inspections. Unforgivable

  • Manager August 24, 2017 (1:28 pm)

     As the Manager of the apartment building at 3601 Beach Drive SW , please corrrect the address in your report to the Harbor West address which is in the 3700 block.  Thank You!

    • WSB August 24, 2017 (1:38 pm)

      Hi – this was a direct quote (via e-mail, so it’s in writing) from Seattle Public Utilities. I can’t “correct” a direct quote without hearing directly from the person quoted. Their information did not name a property, nor did we ask them about a specific address – we just asked about Cormorant Cove. Thank you. – TR

      • Manager August 24, 2017 (1:54 pm)

         Since I’ve pointed out that the address is wrong, perhaps you could reach out to your email contact at SPU that provided the inaccurate address and ask them to provide the correct information so you can post a correction. Or is that too much work for you? Thanks in advance for your help. 

        • miws August 24, 2017 (7:23 pm)

          Or is that too much work for you?   


          Manager, I don’t know how long you’ve been reading WSB, but most longtime readers likely know by now that WSB has certain ethics in reporting including verifying facts through the proper sources. They can’t just go by some relatively random commenter posting a comment to the story. This holds true if they receive info from longtime readers/participants who are known to the WSB co-publishers. ie: I could send them a message saying I heard from someone I trusted that an event was canceled.  Even though they may trust I am telling what I believe to be the truth unless I am an official spokesperson related to the event they will not publish a cancellation notice until they have verified it themselves via an official spokesperson. 

          As far as whether contacting SPU is “too much work for them” I believe they have plenty of work to keep them busy pretty much all the time. In fact, they are covering a meeting this evening. 

          Perhaps, (and maybe it’s too late today to do this), you could contact SPU and inform them of the apparent error in the address that they reported, since it apparently affects the building you manage. 


  • Rhonda Porter August 24, 2017 (7:45 pm)

    Can you please provide contact information (phone number/email) for Harbor West Condos in the event someone has a concern? 

  • Cathy August 25, 2017 (12:27 pm)

    Here’s how to reach management company with Harbor West:

    Lynda Kocir, CMCA(c), AMS(tm)
    Community Association Manager

    CWD Group, Inc. AAMC(r)
    2800 Thorndyke Avenue West
    Seattle, Washington 98199
    206-706-8000 Main | 206-706-7679 Fax |

  • Cathy August 25, 2017 (1:04 pm)

    The beach area at Cormorant Cove has reopened. The response was precautionary. Please feel free to splash away!

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