A WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT SWIMMING IN THE SKYKOMISH RIVER September 05, 2015
Peaceful stretch of the Skykomish River in the upper Sky Valley. Photo: Sky Valley Chronicle. CLICK TO ENLARGE
This story originally ran Sept 2, 2015 in the Breaking News column of the Chronicle, the newspaper of record for the Sky Valley
(SULTAN, WA.) -- Donna Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator for the city of Sultan has sent an email of caution to friends and associates in the upper Sky Valley to be a bit cautious about, "Swimming or fishing in the Skykomish and Wallace Rivers right now."
The email says some neighbors in the area have noticed unusual activity recently and chose to have some water samples tested.
"They found bacteria levels very high for where it was tested. Until the State departments and Department of Health actually come out and do something "official," I would play it on the safe side and not swim or fish," wrote Murphy.
She asked recipients of the email to pass along the information and if anyone sees suspicious "sudsy" material in the river, to call Sultan resident Gerry Gibson at 360.799.1736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report it.
Mr. Gibson is keeping a log of where and when the "materials" are sighted.