January 21, 2014
DNR to remove old mooring buoys from South Port Townsend Bay
OLYMPIA – Divers from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will remove 10 derelict and abandoned mooring buoys from an area in South Port Townsend Bay, just off of Port Hadlock, on Tuesday, January 22.
|Who:||DNR’s Aquatic Resources Division|
|Removal of 10 mooring buoys on DNR-managed, state-owned aquatic lands in South Port Townsend Bay. Divers will remove the chains attached to the buoys along with underwater debris, such as a lawn mower used as an anchor, and a sunken dinghy. Two to three vessels will be on the water, one of which will be used to transport the materials the divers recover to shore.|
January 22. Divers and staff will assemble at 9 a.m. at the Port Dock at lower Port Hadlock, near the Ajax Café and NW School of Wooden Boat Building.
The removal is expected to take one day, but another day has been set aside in case more time is needed. (Note: This schedule is subject to change, based on conditions. Please contact Brady Scott, DNR Aquatic Resources Division District Manager, for an update at 360-732-0013, office, or 360-460-1811, mobile.)
|South Port Townsend Bay, between Port Hadlock Boat Launch and Skunk Island to the south. (The media may view the operation from the shore near the Ajax Café. Please note that the beach on the spit is private property—trespassing is not permitted.) |
View a map of the locations of mooring buoys slated for removal here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/aqr_sptb_mooring_buoys.pdf
|Increasing numbers of illegally moored vessels in South Port Townsend Bay were threatening the health of shellfish beds due to excessive discharges of boat waste. In 2012, DNR and numerous partners such as Jefferson County and Washington Department of Health collaborated on a management plan to address this issue. The plan calls for removing any derelict or abandoned mooring buoys in South Port Townsend Bay. |
View the South Port Townsend Bay Management Plan here: www.ora.wa.gov/documents/porttownsendbay/SPTB_management_plan.pdf
The South Port Townsend Bay Management Plan won the Governor’s Award for Smart Communities last June. For more information, read our blog: bit.ly/ZJQyS4.
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, firstname.lastname@example.org
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