County issues swimming advisory for Burfoot Park

Thurston County health officials have issued an advisory for Burfoot Park after testing showed elevated levels of bacteria in the water. The beach is not closed, but it is recommended that people and pets stay out of the water, according to press release from Thurston County Health Division.

In the release, Director of Environmental Health Division Art Starry said the department wants visitors to be aware of the situation and use their best judgment about whether they go in the water. “The health risk is relatively low for most people, but there is a slightly higher risk of illness for young children and people with compromised immune systems, so we’re reaching out to make sure people can make informed decisions,” he said in the release.

Other facilities at the park are unaffected.

For additional information about wastewater treatment and how the state Department of Ecology protects and monitors Washington’s waterways, go to www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/wastewater/index.html.