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Tons of toxic creosote debris to be removed from Puget Sound beach and lagoon 
 


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Note: Media wishing to view the helicopter operation, scheduled for April 10, should contact Toni Droscher. (Contact information follows this advisory.)

March 28, 2012

Tons of toxic creosote debris to be removed from Puget Sound beach and lagoon
Indian Island County Park to be closed April 10-12 for helicopter and heavy equipment operations

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners will be removing an estimated 20 tons of creosote-treated wood debris between April 2 and 12 at Indian Island County Park in eastern Jefferson County. For public safety reasons, the park will be closed from Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12 while a helicopter and heavy equipment remove the debris gathered by crews.

 Who: 

 

DNR; Jefferson County Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department; Washington State Department of Ecology; Washington Conservation Corps/Puget SoundCorps; and Washington State University Beach Watchers. 
 What:Removal of creosote-treated wood debris from beach and lagoon at Indian Island Park.

 When:

 

April 2-9—WCC/Puget SoundCorps crews will gather and stage the debris for helicopter removal. 
April 10—helicopter removal scheduled, weather depending.
April 10-12—heavy equipment operations will also take place.
 Where: Indian Island County Park, Port Hadlock, Jefferson County

 Why: 

 


Creosote-treated wood debris contains hundreds of chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). When exposed to sunshine, PAHs and other chemicals become more toxic to the Puget Sound environment and are more likely to leach from the wood. These toxic chemicals can be harmful to marine species and their habitats and to people. 
Funding for the creosote removal project
Project funding provided by Washington State Department of Ecology and the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances.

WCC Puget SoundCorps
The Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) administered by Ecology. The SoundCorps, which includes youth and military veterans, creates jobs while cleaning up state lands across the 12-county area that makes up the Puget Sound basin. Working in partnership with Ecology and other agencies, DNR is helping to carry out the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

DNR’s Creosote Removal Program
DNR is steward of 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands and leads the effort to remove creosote-treated debris and structures throughout Puget Sound. Since 2005, DNR and partners have removed more than 2,500 tons of creosote-treated debris from Puget Sound beaches and wetlands and 12,500 tons of old creosote-treated pilings for a total of 15,000 tons.

During these creosote removal operations, DNR calls upon the expertise of staff trained for helicopter operations associated with firefighting, including foresters, recreation staff, and fire suppression personnel.

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation leases the Indian Island site from DNR’s Aquatics Program and manages the park.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatics Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov . April 10 contact number: 360-229-6740 (mobile)

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