Thursday, January 20, 2011

Around the Sound: Talking with Everett residents, plus other Sound news

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

A couple of us in the Toxics Cleanup Program hit the road this week to talk with some Everett residents about some work we’re doing practically in their back yards.
On Tuesday (Jan. 18), Andy Kallus and I met with the Bayside Neighborhood Association. Andy is our baywide coordinator for 10 cleanup projects we’re doing in and around Port Gardner Bay under the Puget Sound Initiative.

The Bayside group is among five neighborhoods that encompass the Port Gardner sites. (You can read more about Everett's neighborhoods and see a map of their boundaries.)

This was a good chance for us to speak directly to people who live near cleanup sites, instead of depending on media to report on what is happening. The participants asked good questions, and found out where they can learn more about the projects and who they can contact.

Here’s a link to information about our Port Gardner projects.

In other news:
  • The Seattle Times reported on unusually murky water in Elliott Bay and other bodies.

  • The Kitsap Sun wrote about how the Environmental Protection Agency is removing an old water treatment facility at the Wyckoff Superfund site on Bainbridge Island. The site was the home of a wood-treatment plant. Now it’s loaded with about a million gallons of creosote contamination on the edge of Puget Sound. Ecology is working with EPA to come up with a long-term solution for the site.

  • The Kitsap Sun also has this piece on the continued discussion on the future of the Port Gamble area on the Kitsap Peninsula. Port Gamble is another of our high-priority bays under the Puget Sound Initiative – you can read more about that effort here.

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