Sewage Spill Closes Beach In Sausalito

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) - Environmental officials will be testing the water quality near Sausalito after a sewage spill dumped raw sewage into San Francisco Bay.

The spill was first reported just after noon Sunday. It forced the closure of Swede's Beach, a popular waterfront stretch south of
Richardson Bay.

Sausalito Chief of Police Scott Paulin says the spill was caused by a blockage in a pipe at a nearby pump station.

It's not known how much sewage was spilled, but some witnesses say the sewage began flowing into the bay as early as 9 p.m.

This weekend's spill comes after two spills in January dumped millions gallons of sewage into Richardson Bay.

Officials blamed those spills on strong rainstorms overcoming
the sewer system.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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