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Understanding and Controlling Sea Lettuce in Dumas Bay

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12-10-011March 2012
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Author(s) Tricia Shoblom
Description In 2005, residents living along Dumas Bay (near Federal Way in King County) noticed excessive amounts of sea lettuce and a very strong odor in the air. In 2007, Federal Way began consulting with Ecology about the problem, as well as working with the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, and Health; Lake Haven Utility District, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and local residents. They developed two separate grants to address sea lettuce in Dumas Bay. During the Dumas Bay Saltwater Algae Management project, the air monitoring stations along the shoreline detected no increases in H2S. Federal Way SWM remains committed to the project and will continue to consult with Washington State Health and Emergency Management in documenting future H2S levels, and maintain notification procedures when human health is at risk.
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Keywords odor, water quality story, health, Puget Sound, grant, algae
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