Bay View state park

The beach at Bay View State Park has reopened.

BAY VIEW — The beach at Bay View State Park has reopened for recreation following a six-day closure due to bacterial contamination.

The state’s BEACH Program announced the reopening of the Padilla Bay beach on Wednesday morning.

The BEACH Program, which is managed by the state Department of Ecology and state Department of Health, has volunteers and agency staff monitor several state park beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year for hazardous contamination.

Bay View State Park has been monitored through the program for several years due to intermittent fecal coliform pollution, which is associated with sewage, manure and other sources of animal feces, such as from dogs and wildlife.

On June 20, the program issued a no-contact advisory for the Bay View State Park beach because of high levels of the bacteria found in the water.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can cause skin irritation and a variety of illnesses.

The no-contact advisory was lifted Wednesday after new water samples showed bacteria levels declined to safe levels.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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