DNR finds Atlantis! (no, not that one)

DNR contractors remove the Atlantis from Dockton Harbor off Vashon Island. DNR Photo
DNR contractors remove the Atlantis from Dockton Harbor off Vashon Island. DNR Photo

DNR’s business is taking care of state-owned land at the bottom of the sea, so it was inevitable we’d eventually come across Atlantis.

But this version of Atlantis was not Plato’s submerged city in the Atlantic Ocean. Rather, DNR’s Aquatics Restoration Program last week removed a sunken 43-foot sailboat known as the Atlantis from Vashon Island’s Dockton Harbor.

As caretaker of some 2.6 million acres of bedlands, tidelands and shorelands around Washington’s waters, DNR works to restore, enhance and protect the conditions of aquatic environments.

Nearshore environments, which are the land between beach bluffs and deep water, are crucial for many species and vegetation. DNR has volumes of research on the complex ecosystem of nearshore environments.

Removal of the Atlantis is part of the restoration of 450-square-feet of spawning grounds in Dockton Harbor, part of the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve. Global Diving & Salvage of Seattle removed the vessel under a $64,000 contract paid out of DNR’s Large Debris Removal Fund created by the 2012 Jobs Now Act.

If you know of a site with restoration potential, please contact us. DNR Aquatics has three districts across the state. Each has an Aquatics Restoration Manager designated to the Program who can assist you.

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