The beach at Tolmie State Park has been closed to shellfish harvesting after a sewage spill in the area, Washington State Parks announced Thursday morning on its website.
The state Department of Health said the beach closure and the ban will remain through Monday. The department issued a conservative closure, which suggests the beach does not currently meet health standards and the shellfish are not safe to eat.
“To be conservative, and make sure public health is protected, it was a good idea for us to do that,” said Liz Coleman, the department’s communication lead for environmental public health.
The seven-day closure is standard protocol, to give the shellfish enough time to naturally cleanse before harvesting can begin again.
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The park, located eight miles northeast of Olympia on the west side of the Nisqually Reach, is generally open to clam and oyster harvesting year-round.