FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2010
Open House about restoration and projects at Woodard Bay NRCA
September 15, opportunity for conversation with DNR staff
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is inviting the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) neighbors and public to an open house meeting about the restoration design to remove creosote-laden pilings in Henderson Inlet. DNR staff from the Natural Area and Aquatic Restoration Programs will be available to show the plans and answer questions about the upcoming and long-term restoration.
Those interested are welcome to drop by between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for one-on-one opportunities to ask questions about the restoration plans for the site which includes removal of portions of the over-water structures while maintaining critical wildlife habitat.
Open house meeting
Please drop in between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
September 15, 2010
North Olympia Fire Station
5046 Boston Harbor Rd., NE Olympia WA, 98506
Public input assisted phased project design
Creosote is a coal tar distillate wood preservative, with about 300 chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These chemicals can harm marine species, and creosote continues to leach into the water and adjacent sediments over time. In addition, the more than 600 pilings in Henderson Inlet have been slowly deteriorating, creating concerns for public safety, a source of toxic contamination into Puget Sound and impeding important nearshore processes like movement of sediment, water and light throughout the estuarine system. As a part of restoring Puget Sound, DNR is removing as much creosote as possible over time.
Since 2007, DNR and partners have worked together to assess the extent of creosote and wood waste contamination at the site. DNR has developed alternatives, acquired funding and gathered ideas from local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, citizens and tribes. This input was valuable in developing the phased approach and project design.
Before the project begins, DNR wants to address concerns that were raised about protecting bat, seal, bird and other wildlife habitat at Woodard Bay while removing toxic creosoted wood structures from Puget Sound. This public open house meeting will offer the opportunity to see the first phase of the plan and for questions to be addressed.
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