The State Department of Natural Resources will lead the effort to remove an estimated 20 tons of creosote-treated wood debris today through April 12 at Indian Island County Park near Port Hadlock in eastern Jefferson County.
For public safety reasons, the park will be closed from April 10-12 while a helicopter and heavy equipment remove the debris gathered by crews.
In addition to DNR; also working on the project are Jefferson County Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department; state Department of Ecology; Washington Conservation Corps/Puget SoundCorps, and Washington State University Beach Watchers.
The creosote-treated wood debris contains hundreds of chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). When exposed to sunshine, PAHs and other chemicals become more toxic to the Puget Sound environment and are more likely to leach from the wood. These toxic chemicals can be harmful to marine species and their habitats and to people.
Project funding is provided by the state Department of Ecology and the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances.