State DNR project will improve navigation and protect aquatic lands in two San Juan county harbors
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State DNR project will improve navigation and protect aquatic lands in two San Juan county harbors 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                    
November 1, 2013

State DNR project will improve navigation and protect aquatic lands in two San Juan county harbors

OLYMPIA – In November, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will take steps to improve navigation and ensure environmental protection in two popular harbors on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The project will remove a dozen old dock fragments and floats illegally moored on state-owned aquatic lands.

“These floating docks are in various states of disrepair, and some are likely to break apart in a significant storm,” said Brenda Treadwell, DNR’s aquatic resources manager covering San Juan County. “In addition, many of these structures contain old tires, exposed foam and other hazards that can harm the aquatic environment. In other cases, the floats are used as storage for anything from gas cans to a bath tub. Removing these broken bits of docks and dilapidated floats also will make navigation easier for boaters and provide more area for short-term vessel moorage.”

The floating docks are in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island and in Shipwreck Cove in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Photos of the floating docks scheduled for removal are online at: www.flickr.com/photos/wastatednr/sets/72157637172030234/  

DNR will begin removing unauthorized dock pieces and floats in late November. Because most of the structures are in poor repair, DNR wants to remove them before storms break them up.

The agency began the formal process to obtain custody on September 26, when staff posted notices on the floating docks. DNR followed up with a second notice of custody on October 16. The agency officially takes custody on November 15, unless owners step forward before then to remove the floating objects and anchors.

In cases where DNR is aware of ownership of the float, the agency will seek reimbursement for the costs to remove and dispose of the object, anchoring system, and related debris.

For further information, contact Brenda Treadwell, DNR, 360-854-2832 or brenda.treadwell@dnr.wa.gov.

DNR: Steward of state-owned aquatic lands
The 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands (mostly submerged) are a public trust, managed and protected by DNR for the people of Washington. DNR manages these lands to protect fish and wildlife and to facilitate commerce, navigation, and public access. Revenue is generated from the sale of renewable resources, such as wild geoduck, as well as from leasing submerged lands for mooring buoys, marinas, docks, and other uses. 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: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov.

 


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