October 24, 2014
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Washington state environmental
regulators say they've finally found the source of pollution that
has been fouling a creek near Vancouver Lake: the agency's own
City workers have discovered that an office building's sewer
line was mistakenly connected to a storm drain, rather than the
municipal sewer main.
The 1970s-vintage building houses Washington state Department of
Ecology regional offices, as well as those of the Department of
Fish and Game and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Sewage from the building has been making its way into Burnt
Bridge Creek and eventually into the lake. Jay Manning, the
environmental agency's director, says the discovery was
"embarrassing and upsetting."
The building owner is paying for repairs.