Aquatic Restoration Projects 2003 - 2007
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Aquatic Restoration Projects 2003 - 2007 

Aquatic Lands Restoration Projects (2003 - 2007)

OS-005: Fort Casey Creosote Log Removal Project (2005)
More than 37 tons of creosote and arsenic treated wood materials were removed from less than two miles of beach at Fort Casey State Park. This project was the result of a partnership between DNR, Washington State Parks, and the Island County Marine Resources Committee. The project took place from February 25 through March 3, 2005 with on-the-ground assistance from the Washington Conservation Corp, Island County Beach Watchers, Frantz Construction, and Hi Line Helicopters in addition to DNR and Parks staff.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $6,789.26
Partner Match:   $18,483.80
Total Project Cost:   $25,273.06
Link to map and photos

OS-001: Port Townsend Railroad Trestle Removal (2003-2005)
A November 2003 storm caused about 400 feet of a Port Townsend Bay railroad trestle be lifted off of its supports. They dropped into the bay close to eelgrass beds. A total of 206 piles were removed as well as the supporting wooden stringers, railroad ties, planking, and steel rails. Most of the wooden materials were creosote treated. This project was initiated and implemented by the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and Jefferson County Public Works, and completed on March 5, 2004.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $15,000
Partner Match:   $61,449
Total Project Cost:   $76,449
Link to map and photos

OS-002: Little Mission Creek Habitat Restoration (2004)
The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group sponsored this project to reconnect an historic side channel and provide a route for floodwaters within Belfair State Park. The resulting improved estuarine habitat provides refuge for juvenile salmonids, increase spawning access for migratory adults and help to maintain the creek within its natural boundaries.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $10,000
Partner Match:   $15,000
Total Project Cost:   $25,000
Link to map and photos

OS-004: Skagit County Creosote Log / Piling Inventory and Rogue Log Removal Project (2004-2005)
Over 60 miles of Skagit County shoreline was inventoried for creosote logs, debris and derelict pilings by the Skagit County Marine Resources Committee.  A total of 75.1 tons of material was removed from beaches on Guemes Island, March Point, Crandall Spit and other locations. This project was also matched with two removals that occurred at Padilla Bay Reserve.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $21,074.92
Partner Match:   $23,565.00
Total Project Cost:   $44,639.92
Link to map and photos

OS-003: Marine Park Shoreline Restoration Project (2004)
The restoration of 800 linear feet of shoreline at Marine Park in Bellingham included removal of concrete and asphalt slabs, rip rap, rebar, and creosoted pilings to create a more natural beach using a soft-shore stabilization method. The area was reshaped into a gently sloped cobble and sand beach and will provide for healthier marine habitat as well as a safer more enjoyable public beach. The Whatcom Marine Resources Committee was instrumental in encouraging the soft-shore option over traditional riprap. Project implementation was carried out by the Port of Bellingham.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $35,000
Partner Match:   $343,264
Total Project Cost:   $378,264
Link to map and photos

OS-006: Cliffside Beach Wood Debris Assessment (2007)
Cliffside Beach is a south- and west-facing beach located to the east of the Nooksack River delta in Bellingham Bay, Washington. Heavy accumulations of fine wood debris, including small twigs, sawdust-like material, and decomposing leaves are present overlying the sand and gravel substrate, despite the lack of an adjacent historic mill site. A commonly held perception is that historic mill operations contributed unnaturally high amounts of material into Bellingham Bay that ultimately deposited at Cliffside Beach.

DNR and partners Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, Washington Department of Ecology, and the Puget Sound Action Team funded an assessment and feasibility study to determine the potential source(s) of the wood debris. Historical aerial photo analysis, drift analysis, and an assessment of the volume of wood debris and possible methods for removal were examined.

Anchor Environmental and Coastal Geologic Services outlined results of the assessment conducted as Phase I of a Cliffside Beach Wood Debris Removal Project. Although not a focus of the assessment, during the work some insights were gained on the ecological benefits and sustainability of a removal action, and they are presented in this report. If implemented, Phase II of the project will entail the removal of wood debris and the restoration of the beach.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $10,000
Partner Match:   $50,000
Total Project Cost:   $60,000
Link to map and photos

OS-007:  Northwest Straits Creosote Debris Removal (2006-2007)
DNR, in partnership with the Northwest Straits Foundation, Washington State University Beach Watchers, and many others, identified sites and completed the removal of 307 tons of creosote-treated debris from six locations throughout the district.  This project also trained and educated numerous volunteers on the hazards of creosote and how to identify it within the nearshore.  For more information on these projects and the many partners involved, see the Creosote Program website.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $68,118
Partner Match:   $65,380
Volunteer Match:  $7,500
Total Project Cost:  $140,998

King SH-003:  Eelgrass Nursery Project (2005)
DNR worked with the University of Washington to complete deliverables that supported an eelgrass propagation project in Commencement Bay. 

DNR Restoration Funds:   $10,000  
Partner Match:    $699,000

SH-004: Codiga Farms / Project Cooperation Agreements (2005)
DNR, Army Corps of Engineers, and various counties and cities have come together through Project Cooperation Agreements to restore important river systems. DNR provides an important piece to these project—state-owned aquatic land. DNR withdraws the aquatic land from leasing and other uses to protect the features that are improved to the restoration projects. An example of one of these projects is the Codiga Farms Restoration on the Duwamish River. A side channel was excavated, leading to the restoration of 25,000 square feet of intertidal marsh.
Link to map and photos of the Codiga Farms site

SH-005:  Lions Club Side Channel Project (2005-2007)
When we contributed 42 pieces of large woody debris, DNR became an important partner of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Lions Club restoration project on the Cedar River. The project is just outside the City of Renton. Three side channels were excavated along the Cedar River and the large woody debris installed at about 100-foot intervals in the channels. The channels are roughly10- to 12-feet wide and one- to four-feet deep. The woody debris plays an important role in increasing the complexity of the river system, enhancing the processes and improving fish and wildlife habitat in the watershed.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $16,800
Partner Match:   $133,200
Total Project Cost:   $150,000
Link to map and photos

SH-007:  Lake Washington piling removal (2005-2007)
DNR removed 123 derelict pilings, one steel ball float, and one steel cylinder float from the eastern shores of Lake Washington, near the City of Renton. This project removed pilings and dolphins from the lake that provided cover, shade, and focal points for predators of juvenile chinook and coho salmon. The removal of these pilings was also important because they acted as a navigational hazard for boaters in Lake Washington.

DNR Restoration Fund:   $84,902
Link to map and photos

SH-008:  Barbee Mill Beach Restoration and Withdrawal (2005-2007)
DNR works with a variety of lessees of state-owned aquatic lands to partner with them to restore state aquatic lands and improve the public access to these public lands.

DNR leased 17 acres of state-owned aquatic land to the Barbee Mill Company for their milling facility for many decades. This lease included an area in Lake Washington for log storage and booming and an area of filled aquatic lands where the sawmill sat. After many years of business the mill closed and the state property was no longer needed for these purposes.

DNR and the lessee agreed that the old leasehold area should be restored. All of the old mill buildings, timber bulkhead, timber pier, 300 pilings, a log boom, shoreline armoring, and all associated milling structures were removed. Additionally, the fill located on state-owned aquatic lands was removed to re-grade the shoreline to a natural shape.

The restoration creates functional salmon habitat conditions, such as a reduction of over-water structures, naturally sloped shoreline, native vegetation, large woody debris, and appropriate sized gravel, sand and lake shore materials. Due to the importance of this restored shoreline, DNR withdrew 3.2 acres of state aquatic land from leasing, including the restored shoreline.
Link to map and photos

SH-009:  Belfair State Park – Big Mission Creek Restoration (2005-2007)
The Big Mission Creek Restoration Project is restoring critical habitat for endangered salmonids, and other fish, waterfowl, and wildlife. This restoration project will restore historic marsh and tideflats and the natural processes of the creeks. DNR funds covered the cost of the beach and stream gravel.

DNR Restoration Funds:  $15,000
Partner Match:   $293,061
Total Project Cost:   $308,061
Link to map and photos

SH-001:  Puget Creek Beach Piling Removal (2005)
DNR partnered with Pierce County in February 2005 to remove 34, 54-foot-long pilings along the beach at Puget Creek.  For more information on the restoration of Puget Creek:

DNR Restoration Funds:  $6,000
Partner Match:   $19,000
Total Project Cost:  $25,000

SH-002:  Olympic View Restoration Site (2005)
In 2005, DNR and the Olympic View Trustees partnered on engineering and design costs and site characterization work for restoration at the Olympic View site.

DNR Restoration Funds:   $84,000
Partner Match:    $680,000
Total Project Cost:   $764,000

SH-006:  Kopachuck State Park Creosote Bulkhead Removal (2005-2007)
DNR and State Parks were partners in removing a failing creosote bulkhead from State property. The failing 170-foot long creosote bulkhead was located on the tidelands along the shoreline of Kopachuck State Park. The bulkhead was 5-feet high, built of 21 creosote pilings stacked 6 high. Puget Sound benefits with the removal of toxics from the ecosystem, and improves nearshore sediment transport processes by removing shoreline armoring. Removal of the bulkhead restored the shoreline to a natural environment that will benefit migrating and rearing salmon.

DNR Restoration Fund:   $12,440.80
State Parks Contribution:  $6,000.00
Total Project Cost:   $18,440.80
Link to map and photos

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Monica Shoemaker
Aquatics Restoration Manager
DNR Aquatics -- Shoreline District


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