WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES * KITSAP COUNTY
April 25, 2013
State DNR, Kitsap Parks and Recreation teaming up to remove creosote debris from county beaches
Puget Sound Corps crews will do the heavy lifting week of April 29
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department are joining together to remove toxic creosote-treated debris from county park beaches the week of April 29 through May 3.
A crew of six Puget SoundCorps members and two DNR staff will be doing the work, which will involve identifying the debris to be removed and hauling the debris to a dumpster. In addition to old pilings, the crew will also remove old docks and other marine debris that has washed onto county park shores and adjacent beaches.
Work will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, April 29, at the Old Mill Park in Silverdale. The crew will move to Point No Point Park on Wednesday, May 1, and finish up Thursday and Friday at Norwegian Point and Salsbury Point parks. (For park locations, download the “Find Your Kitsap County Park” map at: www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/images/KCo_ParksMap_8x11.pdf)
Funding for the project comes from the state’s 2012 Jobs Now Act, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances. The project is expected to cost around $6,000.
For more information, updates, and any possible changes to the crew’s schedule, contact DNR staff member Kevin Anderson at 360-296-3293.
DNR’s Creosote Removal Program
DNR is steward of 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands and leads the effort to remove creosote-treated debris and structures throughout Puget Sound. Since 2004, DNR and partners have removed more than 2,700 tons of creosote-treated debris from Puget Sound beaches and wetlands.
Creosote debris can be found throughout Puget Sound. As old docks and structures deteriorate, they can break apart and float out into the current, often washing up on shorelines. Much of this material has been treated with creosote, a combination of hundreds of chemicals, including polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These chemicals are toxic to marine life and to people.
The Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) administered by the Washington Department of Ecology. The SoundCorps, which includes youth and military veterans, creates jobs while cleaning up state lands across the 12-county area that makes up the Puget Sound basin.
The Puget SoundCorps was established in 2011 as a partnership among the departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Veterans Affairs, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Most Puget SoundCorps crews are made up of young adults from 18 to 25 years old, but in 2012-2013, some crews include military veterans who work on DNR urban forestry projects in King and Pierce counties. Age restrictions for military veterans may be waived.
Learn more about the Puget SoundCorps: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/psc.html
Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, email@example.com
Dori Leckner, Kitsap County Parks Superintendent, 360-340-6655, firstname.lastname@example.org
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