We have learned that during work on a sewer main project misdirected wastewater spilled over into Padden Creek and increased the fecal coliform bacteria level to an unacceptable rate. Until water at the site has been restored to safe levels and the risk mitigated, Padden Creek is closed from 17th Street to Padden Lagoon.
After all the work that has been done to daylight Padden Creek and restore the wildlife corridor and fish habitat, it is disheartening to have this happen in the Creek.
As soon the problem was discovered, immediate action was taken to halt the discharge. Consistent with stormwater regulations and project permits, and out of an abundance of caution, the City contacted the State Department of Ecology and the Whatcom County Health Department. We are cooperating fully with their directives.
We will do everything possible to restore the ecology of Padden Creek to its healthiest level. Until we determine it is completely safe, the Creek is closed. Please stay out of the Creek and do not let children or animals in the water until it has been deemed safe and warning signs have been removed.