Maury Island reclamation effort continues; WCC and Puget SoundCorps crews are making progress

Maury Island Marine Park.
One of the several crews supervised by DNR in a cleanup of the Maury Island Marine Park. Photo: DNR/WCC

Here’s an update on the cleanup and reclamation effort at Maury Island Marine Park: Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews continue to remove noxious weeds and prepare for spring planting of native plants at the former gravel mining site. Several pickup truck loads of plastic foam debris and trash were removed from the shoreline in December (see photo).

The $2.2 million funding for the Maury Island Marine Park reclamation project is part of $10 million appropriated in last year’s Jobs Act for DNR-related Puget SoundCorps/Veterans Corps projects. In addition to removing noxious weeds, WCC and Puget SoundCorps crews are improving trails, planting and tending native plants and other tasks. The park features stunning views and the longest stretch of undeveloped Puget Sound shoreline in King County.

Check out the latest progress

Several pickup truck loads of plastic foam and other refuse were removed from beach at Maury Island. Photo: DNR/WCC.
Several pickup truck loads of plastic foam and other refuse were removed from beach at Maury Island. Photo: DNR/WCC.

DNR is helping King County Division of Parks and Natural Resources reclaim about 70 acres of the park’s more than 300 acres that were disturbed by mining operations. DNR’s role is to manage the project, which is providing jobs and experience to young adults, ages 18 to 25 years.

The Washington Department of Ecology administers the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), which includes Puget SoundCorps.

 

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