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UPDATED: Schooner Creek sewage spill releases 2.1 million gallons

Schooner Creek sewage Spill
Warning signs are posted at beach access points in Taft’s Siletz Bay

A broken 24-inch pipe was responsible for an estimated 2.1-million gallon sewage spill into Schooner Creek at River Mile 1. The sewage spill started Tuesday, Sept. 18, and lasted until 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, according to a Lincoln City Public Works news release obtained today.

The discharge originated at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and flowed down Schooner Creek into Siletz Bay.

Public Works personnel recognized the leak early on and utilized the new bypass lines built in March.

“It’s a good thing we put those lines in earlier this year,” said one worker. “We were able to kick on the bypass and not stop production.”

Schooner Creek
Schooner Creek

Signs are posted and citizens are advised to avoid water contact until the all-clear is given by appropriate agencies.

The City has notified the Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Emergency Response.

Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


  1. Not happy with the city’s ability to inform the public in a more timely manner. Several days passed before the public became aware of the danger of Schooner Creek, the spit, Siletz Bay/river, up and downstream not to mention the beaches that are still affected. Overall a crappy job by the City of Lincoln City. Poopy Pants is also disappointed in public works and all the minions of the city manager who were involved.


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