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March Point "Whitmarsh" Landfill Cleanup

March Point "Whitmarsh" Landfill Cleanup

By Betty Carteret

The current cleanup site being addressed under the Anacortes Baywide Cleanup program by the Washington Department of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program (Ecology) is the March Point (aka Whitmarsh) Landfill site.  The site is located on the southwest shore of Padilla Bay in an area that was originally a marsh that was filled in and reinforced with rip rap during installation of the railroad line into Anacortes that now only travels as far as the Tesoro Refinery on March Point.

The landfill site is on the old county highway now South March Point Road, which was the main road into Anacortes and other points on Fidalgo Island until the 1950s. The nearby intersection with East March Point Road was once known as Whitmarsh Junction shown in this 1930s era photo with its tavern and gas station located near the current site of the T Bailey fabrication plant.

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Anacortes Baywide Cleanup Update

Anacortes Baywide Cleanup Update

By Betty Carteret

Washington Department of Ecology in partnership with the Port of Anacortes, City of Anacortes, Samish Indian Nation, Swinomish and other local Tribes, and private landowners is making great progress in cleaning up contaminated shoreline areas in Anacortes along Fidalgo Bay, Padilla Bay, and Guemes Channel.  This cleanup work is bringing new life and energizing the economy of the Anacortes waterfront removing a legacy of toxic contamination from old mills, marinas, and waste sites.

The Anacortes Baywide Cleanup is the project that brings together cleanup work at the following sites under the State’s Puget Sound Initiative.  Projects are funded by a combination of sources including the Puget Sound Initiative, Model Toxics Control Act tax revenue, liable parties (corporations, businesses, governmental agencies, individual landowners), and grants.  Below is a summary of the status of cleanup work at these site and some links to other articles about the work.

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Fidalgo Shoreline Academy - A Huge Success!

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy - A Huge Success!
The 2014 Fidalgo Shoreline Academy was a big success on February 5th with 90 attendees, up 20 from last year!  We hope those of you who attended enjoyed the day and were inspired by the many educational presentations and walks.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Deborah Kelley wowed the audience with an amazing presentation on deep sea volcanoes and vents with amazing photos and videos.  She even brought some samples of volcanic rock from the ocean floor for us to see and feel. 

Sorry you missed it or can't wait to learn more? You can learn more about the UW Interactive Oceans program that she is involved with and you can learn more about her research with Dr. John Delaney, our keynote speaker in 2012, on their research vessel the "Thomas Thompson" at the University of Washington's Interactive Oceans website.  We're hoping to line up a visit for Friends members and volunteers to their ship when it comes to port.  You can view the  video here.  http://uwtv.org/watch/PIUKej4_XMU/.

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FOSB 2014 Tide Calendars Available

FOSB 2014 Tide Calendars Available

Time and tide wait for no man . . . it's time to get your 2014 Friends Tide Calendar

Planning to walk on the beach, to take your boat out on a day cruise, or wondering when the next low tide is to visit your favorite tide pool? Our new Guemes Channel tide calendar is just what you need to check out the upcoming tides and plan your adventures. Help support Friends by purchasing one or more tide calendars for you and your friends. This 12-month calendar includes fun facts and detailed tide charts in a monthly calendar style. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (360) 293-7003 to order your calendars today while our supply lasts.

Calendars are $3 each or 2 for 5$.

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Ecology seeks comments on Anacortes cleanup project

Ecology seeks comments on Anacortes cleanup project

Ecology wants public input on Port's cleanup of the Old Shell Tank Farm.

Posted by Betty Carteret; contact at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Original photo courtesy of Anacortes Museum.

Download Fact sheet at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/DocViewer.ashx?did=23952.

The Port of Anacortes and WA Dept. of Ecology have developed cleanup planning documents related to the Old Shell Tank Farm located between 13th and 14th Street on Q Avenue (behind McDonald's).  The Port of Anacortes is also inviting comments on their State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance for this project.

Click links for the Port's SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-significance

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