The private beach at Blue Ridge Park just north of Ballard has been closed after high levels of bacteria were found in the water.
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is investigating a potential leak at the North Beach Pump Station just next to the park, which they say could be the source of the bacteria.
The WTD has sent water quality testing results to Seattle and King County Public Health, which has recommended temporarily closing the beach due to the high bacteria count.
The area is currently posted with signs about the closure — Blue Ridge Beach Park will remain closed until water samples drop to safe levels. So far, no other areas are closed, but we’ll update if the closure spreads to other beaches near Ballard.