Grays Harbor Restoration
DNR is working with partners including the Quinault Indian Nation, Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee, and The Nature Conservancy to secure funding to complete a large scale restoration effort in Grays Harbor County.
Specific project objectives are to:
- Remove derelict fishing gear from the lower Quinault and Chehalis Rivers
- Inventory derelict fishing gear in the lower Chehalis River and Grays Harbor estuary
- Implement a community-based net reporting and recovery program
- Inventory creosote pilings in the lower Chehalis River and Grays Harbor estuary
- Remove creosote pilings at Damon Point State Park
DNRs contribution to the partnership will include providing the permits, planning, contracting, construction oversight, and technical expertise for the removal and inventory of derelict pilings and beach debris. DNR is working to remove approximately 160 creosote treated piles, various pieces of creosote and miscellaneous debris, and the invasive species scotch broom from portions of the Damon Point peninsula during the summer of 2011.
Damon Point is a peninsula located just outside of Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County in the SE ¼ Section of Section 23, Township 17N, Range 12W.
This beach and intertidal clean up will enhance the quality of shorebird foraging and nesting habitat and also improve the shoreline area utilized by various fish species on the Damon Point Peninsula. Damon Point is particularly critical for juvenile salmon survival as it is their last feeding opportunity prior to offshore migration. The north side of Damon Point contains eelgrass habitat and is documented herring spawning habitat. Large aggregations of juvenile salmon have been observed at the mouth of the lagoon on Damon Point feeding on amphipods as they’re pulled seaward at low tide.