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.

Advertisements

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.