[Tweeters] Chambers Bay Beach Closure

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Sat Jul 6 09:39:33 PDT 2013

Pilings leach creosote throughout their entire life spans, particularly when
they start to decay. The Department of Ecology recently did a study that
showed that creosoted pilings and other creosoted structures around Puget
Sound were responsible for some 30% of the toxic hydrocarbons still entering
the Sound, second only to wood stove emissions. Here are some references if
you want to read more about it:


A similar initiative in San Francisco Bay:

These pilings do provide habitat, but can be replaced with less toxic
alternatives. The impacts to birds from the creosote are not great, but the
impacts to fish and shellfish, especially during spawning, are significant.

Teresa Michelsen
Olympia, WA

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kelly
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2013 9:08 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Chambers Bay Beach Closure

It says they will eventually remove the north dock, my favorite place to
view cormorants, especially Brandt's Cormorants. I suppose they'll take out
the pilings that the Osprey nest is on as well. That old dock represents a
valuable habitat. I think it's very ill-advised to take out the dock,
largely because the historic structures, both wood and concrete, are what I
find so enchanting about the place. Maybe someone can refer me to some
science that shows that creosote-treated pilings that have been in the water
for decades and are covered with barnacles, anemones, polychaete worms, blue
mussels, etc. are still leaching any significant amount of toxin to the
marine environment.

Kelly McAllister
Olympia, Washington

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