FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2010
March Point Shoreline Restoration scheduled for October
Expect temporary delays between North Texas Road and Shell Campground
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC), will begin restoration work at the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve October 4 through 7 to improve habitat for forage fish. The Shell Puget Sound Refinery is assisting the effort by providing access and use of its privately owned beaches adjacent to the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve.
Restorative beach nourishment treatments will take place on March’s Point shoreline between North Texas Road and the Shell campground October 4 through 7 and may continue on October 18 through 20 if necessary. This restoration work will be done during low tide (6 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.). During this time, March Point Road will be closed to one lane with flaggers directing traffic. Please be aware that there may be slow-moving traffic during this time.
The project is funded through the Texaco-Anacortes Restoration Fund. These funds were received through the Oil Pollution Act's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration regulations for oil spills that occurred in Fidalgo Bay in 1990.
Beach nourishment treatment improves forage fish habitat
Beach nourishment treatments consist of laying new sediment of pea gravel and beach sand along disappearing shorelines. This restoration work replaces naturally occurring sediment that has been lost due to modifications that have been made to the shoreline. Forage fish, a primary component of the marine food web, use shoreline sediment as spawning grounds and rearing habitat.
Skagit River System Cooperative
The Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC) provides natural resource management services for the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. On behalf of these two sovereign nations, SRSC works to actively improve fisheries management within their usual and accustomed fishing areas. These areas include the Skagit and Samish River basins, and were ceded to the United States through treaties signed in 1855. Fisheries management carried out by SRSC includes harvest and hatchery management, research, environmental review, habitat restoration, and a range of other activities.
DNR-Steward of state aquatic lands
As steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, DNR manages the bedlands under Puget Sound, the coast, many of Washington’s beaches, and natural lakes and navigable rivers. DNR manages these lands not only to facilitate navigation, commerce, and public access, but also to ensure protection of aquatic habitats. State-owned aquatic lands include:
About 68,100 acres of state-owned tidelands, or 106 square miles
90,000 acres of harbor areas
All submerged marine lands below extreme low tide—that’s 3,430 square miles of bedlands under navigable waters, as well as freshwater shorelands and bedlands
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark administers the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Media Contact: Abbey Corzine, Communications Specialist, 360-902-1401, firstname.lastname@example.org
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