Harper's creosote-treated pilings to be removed

Sites around Kitsap County at which creosote-treated pilings will be removed starting this week. - Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources
Sites around Kitsap County at which creosote-treated pilings will be removed starting this week.
— image credit: Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Friday signed a contract to clean up toxic creosote-treated debris and pilings from 19 sites on tidelands and offshore in Kitsap County, with South Kitsap’s Harper Estuary, near the public dock, scheduled to be the first project done.

The $196,000 deal, announced Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark was awarded to Lake Shore Marine Construction, Inc., from Mukilteo.

“These localized cleanup projects can have a big impact on the overall health of Puget Sound,” said Goldmark. “Pulling creosote pilings before they break off and create hazards for boaters will improve safety for recreational users as well.”

Piling removals will take place before the fish window closes on Feb. 28. Beach cleanups will continue through March.

Removals will take place on both private and public tidelands within Kitsap County.

For the Harper project, a barge will be set up on Wednesday for the three days of work to remove 33 derelict pilings and “dolphin” (grouped pilings), to begin Thursday.

Then DNR and the contractor will move on to Eagle Harbor to remove the 111 pilings at the Strawberry Plant, and roughly 60 pilings on private waterfront tidelands within Eagle Harbor and Port Madison.

Next will be beach cleanups at Hawley Cove (12.8 tons) and Wing Point (17.6 tons).

Additional beach cleanup sites include: Blake Island (22.7 tons of creosote or treated wood), Bainbridge Island at Tolo Lagoon (10 tons), Battle Point (18.2 tons), Port Madison (1.6 tons), Murden Cove (46.8 tons), and Fay Bainbridge (7.4 tons).

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