Getting toxics off the beach: Lincoln Park creosote cleanup

May 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | In Environment, West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(Photos courtesy Puget Soundkeeper Alliance)
Thanks to work this week by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, in cooperation with the state Natural Resources department and Seattle Parks, there’s less toxic creosote on Lincoln Park’s beach right now – and that means less in the marine ecosystem. Earlier this week, crews were out at Lincoln Park with an excavator and chainsaws – operated by the state Ecology Department’s Washington Conservation Corps – to remove what was estimated to total about eight tons of washed-up logs contaminated with creosote, long used as a preservative.

Thanks to Puget Soundkeeper’s pollution-prevention coordinator Barbara Owens for the photos; she says the downtown waterfront saw a similar project two years ago, in the Myrtle Edwards/Olympic Sculpture Parks‘ vicinity.

2 Comments

  1. good to see, it’s a nice step in the right direction. For people that don’t understand how bad our waters are, we live right above the most contaminated water way in the USA (there’s a reason for all the toxic shellfish signs) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/view/

    Comment by Mike — 9:23 pm May 18, 2012 #

  2. Thank you to DNR and the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance for allowing us to be part of this important project. The kids we saw playing around the creosote contaminated logs will now be safe from exposure.

    Kevin Farrell
    WCC Project Coordinator

    Comment by Kevin Farrell — 11:16 am May 23, 2012 #

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