The Quinault Indian Nation says repair work is done on their seawall and residents are safe – for now, adding that with climate change their work is not done.
In a press release, President Fawn Sharp said the “Quinault Nation is very grateful to the U. S. Corps of Engineers and all the people, programs and agencies that pitched in to help achieve this. But the work is not done. The effects of climate change continue. The sea level continues to rise. Waves are higher and the storms are more intense.”
The recent $300,000 project used 100 dump trucks to place approximately 4500 tons of rock along the Taholah seawall just south of the Quinault River. The tribe said it was breached in late March by pounding waves and high winds, and declared an emergency for coastal flooding in the lower village of Taholah.
Sharp added “We have to keep working, together, to meet these challenges and find permanent solutions. The slide at Oso and the sea wall breaching at Quinault are just examples of the challenges we have yet to face here in the Northwest. It has fallen to us, in this generation, to meet those challenges with strength, courage and cooperation. Climate Change is an enormous problem—one we must work together to resolve.”