The numbers are in: Facts from the West Bay creosote removal project

2 photos: one of West Bay with creosote pilings; one of West Bay after pilings were removed.
Before and after removal. Looking south down West Bay toward the Washington State Capitol.
Top photo: Jordanna Black/DNR
Lower photo: Toni Droscher/DNR 

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

And finally:

  • The project provided 1,350 hours of work for the local contractor and its employees
  • Total cost of project: $360,700

Learn more about DNR’s Creosote Debris Removal Program.

View photos of the West Bay creosote removal project.

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