In February 2013, DNR and partners from the Squaxin Island Tribe, the Port of Olympia, the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and private landowners joined together to remove toxic derelict pilings and structures from much of the southern end of Budd Inlet in Olympia.
With funding from the Washington Legislature’s 2012 Jobs Now Act, DNR hired Blackwater Marine, a diving and salvage firm from Kirkland, to do the removal project.
What was removed:
- 400 tons of pilings
- 394 pilings
- 23 piling stumps cut below the mud line (too impractical to remove them completely)
- 7,600 square feet of overwater structure
- 12 tons of steel recycled
- 32 tons of concrete recycled
- The project provided 1,350 hours of work for the local contractor and its employees
- Total cost of project: $360,700
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