By Seth Preston, communications manager, Toxics Cleanup Program
This video from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission focuses on the restoration work that Ecology and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe did recently in and around Port Gamble Bay.
|The old Point Julia pier has been removed.|
The unused Port Julia pier was 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.
In addition to the video, you can check out more images in this Flickr album.
|A historical view of the former Pope and Talbot mill.|