Oil spill off Lummi Island from Lummi Rock Quarry Bellingham Herald – The News Tribune

LUMMI ISLAND – An oil spill from two sunken barges on the south end of Lummi Island is contained for now, the state Department of Ecology said Thursday afternoon, March 15.

Divers from Ballard Diving and Salvage of Seattle were cutting one of two submerged barges into pieces for removal on Thursday when a sheen of oil, 100 feet long and 6 feet wide, appeared and moved toward shore in strong winds, Ecology spokeswoman Jani Gilbert said.

State and federal authorities did not know what type of oil was leaking or how much there was. The divers from the salvage company might have disrupted sediment around the barges and released oil that was trapped underneath, Gilbert said. The barges had been under water for a couple years, and Ballard Diving had been hired by the Lummi Rock quarry to remove them.

The spill, just offshore of the quarry on the island, was affecting 200 feet of shoreline, a state Department of Ecology statement said. It wasn’t immediately known if the spill was affecting sensitive habitat. There might be eelgrass in the area, which is habitat for herring, Gilbert said.

Workers with Lummi Rock placed a containment boom and absorbent materials around the submerged barges and on the shore. Active cleanup would not begin until Friday, Gilbert said.

Ecology was not able to confirm another oil sheen at the same site, reported on March 8.

Bellingham Herald reported this story at www.bellinghamherald.com

Oil spill off Lummi Island contained; cleanup planned for Friday | Bellingham Herald – The News Tribune.


A New Beach Bill in the Senate

Urge your Senators to show their support for healthy beaches and robust coastal economies by co-sponsoring the Clean Coastal Environment & Public Health Act of 2011. 

Don’t let them put this off for yet another year!

Click here: A New Beach Bill in the Senate | Surfrider Foundation.

Rain garden planning for Puget Sound; Prevent flooding and reduce water pollution

Construction of Ferry Parking Lot Rain Garden, Lummi Island WA

Join the campaign to protect Puget Sound!

All about Rain Gardens:

Rain garden planning for Seattle / Puget Sound; Prevent flooding and reduce water pollution.

Count your Rain Garden in the campaign at: http://www.12000raingardens.org/index.phtml

Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading the groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 Rain Gardens in the Puget Sound Region by 2016.

You can actively participate in this exciting effort by installing Rain Gardens and seeing immediate benefits:

  • Reduce polluted runoff
  • Prevent flooding and increase home value
  • Create beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
  • Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and expensive stormwater projects.

Rain Gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. 12,000 Rain Gardens would soak up 160 million gallons of polluted runoff to protect our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening our waterways.

Rain Garden Counter

Google map of Puget Sound Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Sites Whatcom

Garden #1

Address: City Hall Parking Lot, Bellingham, 98225

Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):300, Drain area (sq ft): 6000,Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003

Garden #2

Address: Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham, 98225

Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):550, Drain area (sq ft): 11,000, Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003

Disclaimer: Washington State University does not verify the accuracy of this information and does not endorse the work of any of the designers or installers. Information on designing and installing rain gardens can be found on theHomeowner Resources page.

North Sound Baykeeper


RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper team is charged with protecting and

restoring the marine and nearshore habitats of the northern Puget Sound region.

BayKeeper Program

Lummi Island Community Land Trust Biological Conditions Assessment of the beach north of the Lummi Island Ferry Landing

Lummi Island Community Land Trust Biological Conditions Assessment

of the beach north of the Lummi Island Ferry Landing

Prepared by: Chris Fairbanks Fairbanks Environmental Services

517 Briar Road Bellingham, WA 98225 July 16, 2008

To download (large doc file) full report: Assessment Report – Fairbanks

July 16, 2008 Fairbanks Environmental Services

Executive Summary

Lummi Island Community Land Trust contracted Fairbanks Environmental Services, Inc and Coastal Geologic Services, Inc to complete and assessment of biological conditions and coastal processes along a beach to the north of the Lummi Island Ferry landing. Biological conditions of the marine riparian, upper beach, and intertidal zone are good and natural processes are functioning well to maintain a moderately healthy ecosystem. The assessment of coastal processes was conducted by Coastal Geologic Services, Inc and a summary report was completed as a separate memorandum.

Threats to the environmental health of the study area is primarily from stormwater from the ferry landing loading area that transports contaminants from the road surface and pet wastes directly into the study area. Collection and treatment of this stormwater should be given a high priority. The study area is located near the Strait of Georgia and the Cherry Point reach where ship traffic and transfer of petroleum products have the potential for discharge of cargo and fuel into the marine waters. Lummi Island Community Land Trust should include emergency oil spill response action planning into their public education program. Additional actions to enhance existing habitat in the marine riparian zone that would also provide benefits to intertidal habitat include:

1. Remove creosote treated timbers from the beach.

2. Plant additional native species of trees and shrubs in the riparian zone.

3. Establish a riparian community along the ferry landing shoreline where riprap has been placed; this may be done if an access trail is constructed.

4. Place additional large wood features at the toe of the bluff.

5. Retain large wood such as the Douglas fir trees when they fall onto the beach; do not allow trees to be cut and removed from the beach.

6. Protect water quality in the small stream that drains through the culvert in the study area.

For more: Download (large doc file) full report: Assessment Report – Fairbanks



Volunteer Work Parties

Please come join our

Saturday and Thursday morning volunteer work parties

From 10 am to noon all through May.

Meet in the New Ferry Parking Lot.

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Want to do some fun work and help enhance Lummi Island’s marine waters and public tidelands? Come help us start work on our Nearshore Enhancement Project! We could use some new inspiration and some fresh volunteer enthusiasm for our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant funded Project.

This Saturday, May 2nd we will be removing noxious weeds and preparing planting areas along the South face of the ferry landing. Hopefully we’ll be ready for planting by next Thursday.

The next few Saturday and Thursday mornings volunteer crews will remove noxious weeds, prepare planting areas including erosion control and install native plants along the Northern bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

This Spring our volunteer crews will:

• Remove noxious weeds, install approx. 2,000 native plants along the bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

• Install 1 mutt mitt station with signage at a location approved by Whatcom County. • Remove rough creosote logs from the northern shoreline.

• Install pretreatment bays and an oil/grease separator to the rain gardens in the new ferry terminal parking lot.

• Install bio-infiltration measures along the wetland path north of the new parking lot.

• Install and maintain a Bio-clean catch basin insert in the catch basin immediately north of the southern entrance to the new ferry terminal parking lot.

Also, Whatcom County Public Works Dept. will assist us in replacing the catch basin in the northeast corner of the ferry terminal with a new Contech filtration system. They will cost share, install the unit, and maintain it in perpetuity.

Our goal is to restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution and secure the eroding shoreline bank on the County owned property around the Lummi Island ferry landing. We appreciate your cooperation during the installation phase of our project and apologize for any inconvenience.. We will need to reserve 1 or 2 parking areas from time to time this spring. We may also need to divert traffic along Nugent Road for a few short periods.

If you have any questions and/or concerns contact project lead: Wanda Cucinotta at forestflor@aol.com or Phone: 360-220-3077

Watershed Enhancement Committee, LICLT