Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Around the Sound: Landmark deal for Dabob Bay

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

The U.S. Navy and The Nature Conservancy announced a landmark deal last week to protect Dabob Bay in Jefferson County.

Dabob Bay is one of the most pristine, least developed and ecologically important estuaries in Hood Canal and Puget Sound. The Dabob Bay range is also the Navy’s premier location in the United States for research, development and testing of underwater systems, according to a news release from The Nature Conservancy.

The deal calls for the Navy to provide The Nature Conservancy with money to buy land around the bay. The idea is to keep the land from being developed and encroaching on the bay’s natural environment and on the Navy’s research work.

Here are stories on the agreement from the Kitsap Sun and the Peninsula Daily News.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Dabob Bay Natural Area Preserve, which you can read about here.

And here’s DNR’s blog post on the deal.

Barge aground

The Navy was making Puget Sound news of a different kind on Monday.

You probably saw media coverage of Monday’s grounding of a munitions-carrying Navy barge near Anacortes. It appears there was no discharge of oil into the Sound or any other environmental problems.

But the incident is just one more reminder of the types of materials transported around the Sound that could cause some real environmental damage.

Here are some examples of the news coverage:

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