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Dyes Inlet open to swimmers

This sign was posted at Barker Creek on Tracyton Boulevard. The Kitsap County Health District posted similar signs along Barker Creek and Dyes Inlet after a construction accident released raw sewage into the creek. - Photo by Celeste Cornish
This sign was posted at Barker Creek on Tracyton Boulevard. The Kitsap County Health District posted similar signs along Barker Creek and Dyes Inlet after a construction accident released raw sewage into the creek.
— image credit: Photo by Celeste Cornish

A seven-day no-contact health advisory for Barker Creek and Dyes Inlet has been partially lifted but ’tis the season for swimmer’s itch in the county’s lakes. It is now OK to swim in the salt water on Dyes Inlet although the health advisory against shellfishing remains, said Shawn Ultican, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Health District.

An overall health advisory was issued for Barker Creek and Dyes Inlet on June 22 after county work crews accidentally broke a sewage pipe while working on a road construction project the day before on Nels Nelson Road. The road crews were installing a new culvert when the accident happened.

About 100,000 to 150,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked into a tributary of Barker Creek before the leak could be stopped.

The shellfish harvest already was closed along Port Washington Narrows and within Phinney Bay, Ostrich Bay, Oyster Bay and the northern section of Dyes Inlet near the mouth of Clear Creek.

Warning signs have been posted at all the locations that have the health advisory warning.

As for the rest of the county, Health

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