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WYCKOFF CO./EAGLE HARBOR
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA

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Beach Sampling July 9 – 14

EPA contractors will be busy July 9 – 14, sampling beach sediments north and east of the former Wyckoff wood treating facility. Results of the sampling will inform detailed plans for cleanup construction. Pritchard Park visitors are asked to avoid the beaches July 9 - 14. Pritchard Park’s “West Beach” will remain open and available to the public.

This work is the first step in implementing the cleanup decision for the beaches that EPA issued in May.

What’s Happening? EPA contractors will be collecting additional sediment samples, digging test pits, and installing temporary wells. Results from these tests will inform detailed cleanup construction plans for the beaches.

When? Sampling crews will be out on the beaches Monday, July 9 through Saturday, July 14. The work will be done during low tide conditions, beginning early Monday morning and shifting an hour later each day.

How will this impact the community? Expect typical construction equipment noise, including diesel engines and backup alarms. The work may also generate odors, as the equipment digs down into more heavily contaminated layers below the surface of the beach.

What samples will be collected? The sampling program includes:

  • Drilling and use of a probe to map the extent of contamination below the surface of the beach. This information will be used to determine the final cleanup boundaries.
  • Pilot scale excavation areas. Two areas, each 10 feet square and 2 and a half feet deep, will be excavated. Water from the excavations will be pumped to the upland portion of the site. Excavated sediments will be hauled to temporary bins on a concrete pad and allowed to drain. This work will inform construction means and methods.
  • Capping material tests. Two potential capping materials, both capable of absorbing oily creosote contamination, will be install over small areas of the beach. The materials will be recovered later this summer and analyzed.

What’s next? Results from the sampling, which will be available in early 2019, will inform detailed cleanup plans for the beaches. Once the design is final, EPA will hire construction contractors to implement the work.

Attention Boaters!

Anchoring and some other boating activities are prohibited over a large area in the eastern part of Eagle Harbor, called the “Regulated Navigation Area.” In the 1990s, EPA capped portions of Eagle Harbor by burying creosote contamination under clean sand. Anchoring could penetrate the cap, bringing contamination to the surface.

Beaches at Wyckoff Still Contaminated

Summer is almost here, bringing sunny weather and low tides during daylight hours. Portions of the beaches east and north of “the Point,” the site’s former processing area, are still contaminated. The beaches are contaminated with creosote, a chemical used to treat wooden rail road ties, utility poles and pier pilings. Read this fact sheet to get tips on how to stay safe this summer (PDF).

EPA Issues Revised Cleanup Plan!

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a cleanup plan, called the Record of Decision Amendment, for the upland and offshore portions of the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site.

The new plan describes additional cleanup actions that EPA will implement to protect people and the environment. It calls for dredging and offsite disposal of contaminated sediments from the beaches north and east of the former Wyckoff wood treating facility. It also includes a new, more durable concrete wall to replace the aging metal wall around the perimeter of the facility. Finally, the plan includes improvements to the access road so it can support large trucks and other construction equipment.

It will take EPA about four years to design and build the cleanup actions in the new plan. Until this work is complete, EPA recommends that people avoid contaminated portions of the beaches (PDF).

Additional cleanup actions are also being planned to address contamination remaining in soils and groundwater inside the metal perimeter wall. EPA’s cleanup decision for upland soils and groundwater will be presented in a future decision document later this year.

Attention Boaters: Anchoring is not permitted over a large area in the eastern part of Eagle Harbor. Anchoring could penetrate the clean sand cap placed over this area in the mid-1990s, bringing contamination to the surface.

EPA’s Dive Team has been conducting underwater investigation work at the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor site for decades. Watch our YouTube video to learn more.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Wyckoff/Eagle Harbor Superfund Site. Public participation opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

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Community Resources

The EPA is the lead agency for this project, but we rely on the support and cooperation of numerous other government agencies.

The Washington Department of Ecology is a key partner at the Wyckoff site. Ecology currently operates a groundwater extraction and treatment system at the former Wyckoff wood treating facility. The system helps to contain the contamination, preventing it from moving into Eagle Harbor.

The Suquamish Tribe's treaty-protected fishing area includes Eagle Harbor, and the Tribe has been working for decades to restore habitat for fish and shellfish in Eagle Harbor.

Several tribal, federal and state agencies act on behalf of the public to protect and restore natural resources in and around Eagle Harbor. These agencies, including NOAA, advise EPA on contaminant impacts and cleanup plans. They are also working to restore eelgrass in Eagle Harbor.

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Site News Archive

Attention beach goers! Contamination remains in portions of the beaches adjacent to the former wood treating plant. This fact sheet tells how to identify creosote and offers tips to stay safe.

Boaters beware! Anchoring is not permitted over a large area in the eastern part of Eagle Harbor. See our fact sheet for a map of the regulated navigation area and a list of prohibited activities.

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