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North Bend’s sewer plant nears limits
Fixes could keep city’s busy sewage system flowing until 2021 BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter
North Bend is growing, with the potential for 655 new homes in the next few years, based on building project applications in progress at the city’s planning department. However, its aging sewer system may not be up to future demands.
The city’s 60-year-old wastewater treatment plant is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency to handle 2.58 million gallons of wastewater per day, but because of a “pinch point” in the system, “the functional limit is 1 million gallons,” City Administrator Londi Lindell told the Record, recapping the information from a March 25 council work session on the issue. Another EPA-regulated measure, the biochemical oxygen demand, or BOD, which indicates how much oxygen is consumed in breaking down waste material, is on the rise, to a level greater
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than city officials can understand. “We are exceptionally high, based on our buildout,” said Lindell. “We only have about 1,300 customers on sewer… our (BOD) load should be around 1,500.” Despite these problems, the plant is still adequate to the city’s needs, for a while. “Right now, our remaining capacity is only about 1,200 homes,” Lindell said. “That’s why we’re not doing a sewer moratorium.” SEE SEWAGE, 3
Valleyfilmed flick opens soon BY CAROL LADWIG
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Snoqualmie volunteer firefighter Cat Cotton reads to students from one of her favorite books, “Hero Cat” during the Badges & Books event at Cascade View Elementary School on March 12. Volunteers from the Snoqualmie fire and police departments, including Police Chief Steve McCulley, as well as the King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Duvall Police Department teamed up to visit each classroom during the day, answer questions about their work—did you know that Snoqualmie firefighters aim to be out the door “in under a minute” from the time they receive a call?—and let the class examine some of their gear. Right, student Katie Snyder makes a close inspection of a firefighter helmet at Cascade View Elementary School. See more photos at www.valleyrecord.com.
Movie-goers can spot several Valley landmarks in the trailer for “Lucky Them,” and soon, in the movie itself. The independent film, starring Toni Collette as a rock journalist tracking down a rock star who disappeared from the music scene, is scheduled to be released May 30, according to the Internet Movie Database, although other sources project an April 21 limited release. “Lucky Them” was filmed in several Seattle locations, and on Snoqualmie and Carnation streets, inside a Carnation home, and both in and outside of the Mount Si Pub in North Bend, in February 2013. Seattle-area writer-producerdirector Megan Griffiths directed the movie, written by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko. SEE MOVIE, 3
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Toni Collette movie was filmed last summer at Mount Si Pub, Carnation, gets limited release