September 13, 2013
State DNR preparing to remove derelict pilings and an old dilapidated dock from the shores of Fox Island
Work begins next week and continues through mid-October
OLYMPIA – Next week, work will begin to remove a former (and now derelict) ferry dock along with old, dilapidated creosote-treated pilings and dolphins from five different sites of Fox Island, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today.
The work, which is funded by the state’s 2012 Jobs Now Act, begins Monday, September 16 and continues through mid-October. The project is expected to cost roughly $113,300.
The creosote removal project will remove and dispose of 182 old, derelict creosote-treated pilings (roughly 175 tons) from aquatic lands along the northern and northeastern shores as well as a 3,500-square-foot derelict ferry dock that was once a port of call for Puget Sound’s former mosquito fleet, referring to the great number (like a swarm of mosquitos) of steamships that once plied the waters of Puget Sound.
The project aligns with the Puget Sound Action Agenda’s goal to remove several thousand pilings from Puget Sound waters by the year 2017.
The project will remove creosote pilings and structures from five different sites on the island. (Download the map for removal locations here: http://1.usa.gov/1aua5ty. An aerial photo of the ferry dock location is available at: http://1.usa.gov/18ZUBKw.
The first phase of the project will take place at Site A—removing the derelict ferry pier, just off the bend in the road where Fox Drive becomes 9th Ave. Blackwater Marine, from Kirkland, successful bidder on the project, will begin mobilizing on Sunday, September 15 and continue setting up through Monday. Removals should start Tuesday, September 17. Most of the work will take place in the afternoon, due to tide schedules.
The following is a tentative schedule for next week’s removal:
Sunday, September 15—Contractor begins mobilizing equipment at the site
Monday, September 16—9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17— 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18—11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 19—11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20 —11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Note to media: The Site A project will offer the best vantage point for viewing the removal operations from shore. Other sites are not as accessible. A DNR project manager can be available for interviews during this time. This schedule is subject to change, depending on conditions. GPS locations for the other work sites are available on request. All work will be completed by mid-October, to avoid harm to sand lance and surf smelt spawning locations, and juvenile salmon feeding and migration areas.
For updates on the removal schedules for the other sites, please contact Jordanna Black at 253-880-6612 or Jordanna.Black@dnr.wa.gov
Removing creosote from the marine environment
Creosote-treated pilings and structures along Fox Island in Hale Passage leach pollutants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), into the area’s marine environment. These highly toxic chemicals are harmful to marine life. For example, creosote is known to reduce salmon growth and affect the immune systems of salmon. PAHs also affect herring and other forage fish that salmon eat. For more information, download DNR’s factsheet “Removing creosote-treated materials from Puget Sound and its beaches.”
Jobs Now Act 2012
Funding for the creosote-removal project comes from the Jobs Now Act. To boost the state’s economy, the 2012 Washington Legislature directed $505 million in the Jobs Now Act to quickly create thousands of jobs in the state. DNR received $37 million of this funding for a broad range of projects that include creosote removal and other restoration activities. To accomplish this work, DNR has emphasized the creation of private sector jobs through contracts.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Communications, 360-902-1523 (office), 360-688-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org
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