FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2011
Removal of 970,000 pound tank from aquatic reserve begins
Operation designed to protect Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve
OLYMPIA – The removal of a 970,000 pound 140-foot by 12-foot tank from the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is underway. Barnhart Crane, BP and DNR have successfully coordinated in developing an efficient and environmentally safe procedure to remove the tank, currently located in 55 feet of water. The operation is being executed by Global Diving & Salvage and will ensure no damage is done to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. The salvage company plans to lift the tank out of the water by two cranes mounted on floating barges. The larger of the two cranes at 700 tons, will be attached to the base of the tank. A 400 ton crane will lift the end that is been at the surface of the water. Operations will proceed until 4pm today, weather and operational conditions permitting.
What: Removal of 970,000 pound tank from Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 11am-4pm.
Where: Gulf Road, Ferndale WA, Cherry Point
Access restrictions: Beach access will be limited at times during operation. A “No Wake” Alert will be posted with Seattle Traffic and the Coast Guard notified of planned actions.
Updates on Twitter: Updates posted on twitter @waDNR, follow #CherryPtRsv.
Designated as an official aquatic reserve in 2010 by Commissioner Goldmark, Cherry Point has a 90-year site-specific management plan in place to help DNR study and assess the reasons why certain species in the area are declining and how we can better improve our uses of the site, while recognizing the importance of the continued industrial and other water-dependent uses currently functioning. The area is known to support a diverse ecosystem of wildlife and habitat, including Cherry Point herring, forage fish, marine and shore birds, migratory waterfowl and eelgrass habitat. The parties working to remove the tank are taking every precaution to avoid disruption of the sea floor and aquatic habitat within the reserve.
Protecting long-term health of Puget Sound and aquatic lands statewide
DNR is establishing aquatic reserves statewide with local partners to help protect the health and vitality of aquatic ecosystems in Puget Sound. These designated reserves provide areas of focus to study the habitat and functions supporting such a diverse species of native fish and wildlife. Currently, there are seven state aquatic reserves in the Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca: Cypress Island, Fidalgo Bay, Maury Island, Protection Island, Smith and Minor Islands, Nisqually Reach and Cherry Point.
Media Contact: Abbey Corzine, DNR Communications Specialist Aquatic Resources, 360-902-1401, c: 360-510-3737, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Kidd, BP, 360-303-5349, William.email@example.com
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