FOLLOWUP: Tons of success in Fauntleroy creosote removal

(WSB photo from February)

Two weeks ago, we reported on a state Department of Natural Resources-contracted crew removing creosote-contaminated logs from the Fauntleroy shore, one of many cleanups they do on shorelines around the state each year, with hopes of doing more. Resident Mike Dey (who also leads the Fauntleroy Commmunity Association) shares word of the final total – “45,960 pounds of contaminated logs from Fauntleroy Cove and another 16,580 pounds from Lincoln Park for a total of 62,540 pounds of creosote laden logs from the beach. (The DNR) said this may be the largest collection they have ever had from a continuous private beach. Quite a haul.”

14 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Tons of success in Fauntleroy creosote removal"

  • Kersti March 5, 2019 (12:04 pm)


  • Yma March 5, 2019 (12:38 pm)

    Woof! Thank you for the cleanup.where do these come from? I always assumed ‘telephone poles’. 

  • anonyme March 5, 2019 (1:07 pm)

    Ditto what YMA said.  Seems like these should be tracked somehow and the ones responsible for dumping them made responsible for the cleanup, instead of taxpayers (as usual).

  • NW March 5, 2019 (2:25 pm)

    Now let’s provide containment to a for smokers and the 100s of 1000s of cigarette butts littered on West Seattle each year. 

  • ACG March 5, 2019 (2:40 pm)

    So glad they were able to clean that up!  We love Cove Park!!

  • patt March 5, 2019 (3:18 pm)

    Is this were the new big piles of logs on the east side of the bridge coming into WS come from?   There are 3 lots one vacant, one with logs, and one with trucker cabs on your right just as you head on to the WS bridge.  Are those logs part of the removal ?  I have always seen wood there but there is more now and it is stacked very neatly. cool.

    • WSB March 5, 2019 (4:09 pm)

      What was retrieved here, as noted in the much longer report two weeks ago, is that this is being taken by boat to Manchester and from there being moved to landfills.

  • Graciano March 5, 2019 (3:32 pm)

    I was just wondering that myself “where do they come from”. They should stamp/tag them like they do “power pole/telephone poles”  then that way someone can be accountable for them somehow.

  • john March 5, 2019 (4:32 pm)

    You can learn about West Seattle history and Fauntleroy in particular with the Colman Family fortune involving pilings when creosote was the industry standard for protecting pilings for piers. 

  • just wondering March 5, 2019 (6:20 pm)

    Where ever they came from I’m glad they are gone! 

  • Dale Swanson March 5, 2019 (6:33 pm)

    Hilary Franz website has outlined progress to date on cleanup, going back over a decade. We really get a bang for our buck. Impressed by our volunteers!

  • Kersti March 5, 2019 (11:29 pm)

    Power poles are marked so that engineers know where a pole is on a particular circuit. They are called grid numbers. For example if someone reported to me termites in a pole with a grid number; I could look it up, and the location, type of pole and associated equipment would be available to me to go investigate. When poles are replaced the old poles often sit for a long time before the communications companies remove their equipment.Eventually, poles are taken back by the utilities and not allowed to be used for anything. People used to request them for gardens believe it or not…

  • Mike March 6, 2019 (12:03 pm)

    These would all be dock pier pilings (historical). Many of these historical structures were abandoned in place, deteriorate over time, break free during storm events, and wash ashore just like regular old logs. 

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