Ducks Swimming in Sewage Treatment

About: South Sewage Treatment Plant Tukwila


The board leading down to the channel makes this look intentional.  I would hate to be those ducks.





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  1. south treatment plant
  2. ducks
  3. sewage
  4. renton
  5. placemark
  6. my photos

Comments


Seth says
M 2007-06-06 09:52:33 7516
One duck's turd might be another duck's dessert

Well me hopes they don't drink the water.  Who knows, these may be like canaries in a mine ... if the ducks die, then they know that somethig is amiss ... or maybe they are just pets ... but one cannot help but feel that making them swim there is just a mite perverse.

Seth says
M 2007-06-06 10:40:18 7516
I would at least watch the local Peking Duck for strange discolorations and ugly warts & smells. Better yet, eat fish instead .... woops!

one wonders what they eat.

Speaking of ugly smells, every time you drive by this plant on the 405 outside of South Center you can smell it ... i wonder if there is any way to treat sewage that does not involve making that odor.

Anyway, the nice gentelman who escorted me out of the plant mentioned that they give tours.  Mayby i should take one and do a human interest story about these ducks ... what do you think?

Seth says
M 2007-06-06 11:16:56 7516
It looks like you were headed in that direction anyway; local reporting, new career? 
 I fondly remember the stockyard smell along highway 5 near Coalinga in California & the cesspools near the Venice canals which had all kinds of species of ducks & geese most of whom looked like refugees from a nuclear waste disposal pond.  Then again, who wants a sewerage treatment plant in their backyard.  I don't know how you can get around having some of the smell get out.  Did your escort think you were going for a swim ? 

The problem with local reporting is that nothing happens in this sleepy berb of Seattle ... but i guess it takes a bit of training on's eye and making news where it ordinarilay would not exist.

Anyway the smell is probably unavoidable.  Actually the plant is in nobody's backyard ... except perhaps this Blue Heron's which i  snapped flying over the plant on it way to it's nesting area in the Black River Riparian Forest.



Seth says


In the grander scheme of things this plant is probably doing a very good job.


You can read about it at their web site and look at the process in this diagram

Mark de LA says
Hmmm... don't worry about the ducks - worry about the humans.

Seth says
A little background on this plant ...
source: historylink
In 1900, Seattle began drawing water from the Cedar River. In 1967, communities around Lake Washington stopped discharging treated sewage into the lake and began sending it to treatment plants in Renton and at West Point for discharge into Puget Sound.
...

Seth says

I uploaded some 2007 photos i took of an experiential facility in this treatment plant to convert sewage into energy.  They are in my photo album here.

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