Friday, October 24, 2014

Around the Sound: Cleanup is a beautiful thing

By Seth Preston, communications manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Jan Hersey snapped this rainbow photo with the former Custom Plywood site in Anacortes in the foreground on the shore of Fidalgo Bay.

Rainbow photo courtesy of Jan Hersey.
It and our own photo from 2011 show the remarkable transformation that has happened at the site under our Puget Sound Initiative cleanup work.

Just a little more than three years ago, the site was littered with debris and toxic contamination. Now, it's a recovering ecosystem that also is home to a boat storage operation.

Jan was gracious to let us use her great photo, which shows how powerful cleanup can be -- for the environment, for the health of a local community and economy, and for the people who live nearby and can see the changes that cleanup brings.

It's a beautiful thing.

1 comment:

pacificjan said...

A little more back story: The photo was caught at the close of a Science Symposium sponsored by the Samish Indian Nation. Mother Nature surely was blessing all the good work being done by so many on behalf of Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve. Thank you, DOE and everyone involved for a beautiful job of restoring an historically important ecosystem. See it for yourself (rainbow by special order only) by taking a walk along Anacortes's Tommy Thompson Trail, which follows an old railroad bed and trestle across the bay.