Grays Harbor Cleanup Complete at Damon Point

Partners in action
Cleanup at Damon Point has been part of a larger community-based effort to restore Grays Harbor. The Quinault Indian Nation was awarded a $100,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Removal Grant to fund inventory and removal of derelict fishing gear within the harborincluding a community-based monitoring and maintenance program.

Project partners matched the awarded grant with an additional $100,000 with further restoration work and surveying. The survey data will be used to produce a comprehensive map of the harbor, helping prioritize piling removal; the Damon Point project is acting as a match toward the NOAA grant.

Creosote is a sticky, tar-like substance that contains more than 300 chemicals. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the chemicals of most concern found in a creosote pile. These chemicals leach from pilings and beach debris and accumulate in nearby water and sediments that may be toxic to aquatic species and habitat. The objective of this project is to reduce sources of PAHs in the water and sediment by removing piles treated with creosote. Removal of these piles will improve nearshore habitat for forage fish, salmon, and other key species.