The Washington Department of Ecology has released a draft engineering design report for planned cleanup efforts in the Whatcom Waterway on Bellingham’s waterfront.
The ecology department and the Port of Bellingham are preparing for a $25 million cleanup project this summer. The report includes engineering details on the first phase of construction necessary to clean up mercury and other contaminants in the area.
The draft report is available at ecology department’s website, the Bellingham Public Library, and ecology department offices in Bellingham and Bellevue. Comments can be submitted to Lucy McInerney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State engineers and port officials will also be available to answer questions and provide details about the draft report at a community meeting on from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the Douglas G Smith conference room of the Technology and Development Center at 1000 F St. in Bellingham.
Cleanup is expected to take place in areas near the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, the Log Pong and the Inner Waterway.
Plans to clean up a wastewater basin known as an “aerated stabilization basin” are not included in this report. That will be part of a later phase of work expected to begin in 2016.