From 10 a.m. to noon July 23, tribal officials and other local representatives will hold a ceremony to bless the coming in-water cleanup of the bay. Work is scheduled to start in August.
It's been a long time coming -- the old Pope & Talbot mill operated in Port Gamble for 142 years before shutting down in 1995. Pope Resources, which is funding the cleanup, owns the old mill site, timberland and other holdings formerly owned by Pope & Talbot.
|The former Pope & Talbot mill decades ago ...|
In addition to the chemicals released, wood waste has affected the marine sediments. When wood waste breaks down, it releases sulfide and ammonia, which are harmful to bottom-dwelling animals. Wood waste can also smother aquatic habitat and animals such as clams.
|... and in more recent times.|
In addition to the in-water cleanup, we've worked with the tribe and other partners to restore and preserve Port Gamble Bay. The bulk of the work was done in 2014, but the benefits and results are ongoing and long-lasting.
The July 23 ceremony at the former mill site in Port Gamble will include prayers, song and remarks from tribal leaders and the president of Pope Resources.