Dogs tracking contamination at Kirkland creek

KIRKLAND — City and county agencies are using the scent-tracking abilities of dogs to determine if septic tanks or broken sewer lines are leaking into a creek that runs into Lake Washington at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.

The city Public Works department and King County Department of Natural Resources want to know if contamination is sewage or possibly from pets, raccoons, geese or beavers.

Officials are demonstrating the skills Monday of two dogs helping investigators — a border collie named Molly and an Australian cattle dog named Crush.

In addition to using dogs, the agencies also are testing water samples at the King County Environmental Laboratory.

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