FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2011
Creosote dock to be removed from old Marine Station on Budd Inlet
Short-term construction activity will lead to long-term cleanup of Puget Sound
OLYMPIA —The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has contracted for the removal of a creosote dock structure at the old Marine Station on the east shoreline of Budd Inlet near Olympia. The project furthers the Puget Sound cleanup, and is one step in a longer restoration effort at the site. The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 21, 2011, and end in mid-March.
The removal of the creosote pier will cost about $180,000 under a contract with Redside Construction. The contractor will work from a barge and the DNR property to complete the removal of the structure. Debris will be moved via crane upland for further demolition, staging, loading into containers and hauled away. The long-term benefits will include less toxins in the marine environment and, ultimately, a restored shoreline.
Neighbors and the public should be advised that the project will involve noise during the daylight hours. There will be increased traffic along 47th Avenue as creosote-laden pilings and other debris are moved off site to an appropriate contained landfill. In order to protect the public safety and protect sensitive areas, DNR asks that people stay clear of the property.
As occurs during other DNR-managed projects, DNR’s on-site supervisor will oversee the work performed by the contractors. DNR projects adhere to Best Management Practices to avoid and minimize impacts as well as protect fish, aquatic life, and water quality. People who have questions may call 360-902-1100.
Removing the pier details
The contractor will use a vibrating hammer to remove more than 230 creosote-treated pilings and other equipment to remove over 10,000 square feet of overwater structure. Divers will aid in the removal of tires, metal, and other debris that is lying under and adjacent to the dock.
A construction boom and oil containment boom will surround the in-water work area during piling removal. The booms will prevent debris from floating away from the work area and absorb oil sheen released from the pilings. Work is occurring within a limited time this winter to avoid impacts to fish.
Several purple martin (bird) boxes that were on the pier will be removed and replaced with new boxes along the shore. The old boxes will be removed during the time the birds are not at the site and replaced before they return to nest.
Washington’s aquatic lands manager
The 2.6 million acres of state-owned ‘aquatic’ lands (mostly submerge lands) are a public trust managed and protected by DNR for the people of Washington. Revenue is generated from the sale of renewable resources such as wild geoduck, as well as from leasing submerged lands for marinas, docks and other buildings. This revenue is used to manage and protect the health and productivity of aquatic resources, and to fund local projects that restore aquatic ecosystems and create public access to the waters of the state.
Media Contact: Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1721, firstname.lastname@example.org
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