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Thanks to the Legislature, we were able to contract with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe to remove the old, deteriorating Point Julia pier, as well as in-water and on-shore debris. That debris includes things like rotting boat hulls and abandoned nets. (More on that in a future ECOconnect post.)
The focus of this post is the Port Julia pier. This unused structure is made up of wood pilings treated with creosote. Creosote is an effective substance -- it's designed to protect whatever you use it on. So it kills bugs that may damage the pilings ... along with other marine organisms nearby. It's an indiscriminate killer.
That's the problem. While creosote-treated structures slowly rot, creosote leaches into the surrounding environment, and poisons organisms living there. And the problem is amplified because such structures take a long time to deteriorate.
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Stay tuned for more news to come about all of our cleanup, restoration and preservation work in Port Gamble Bay. It's one of our high-priority areas under the Puget Sound Initiative.