Port of Olympia Completes First Phase of Budd Inlet Cleanup Effort

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The Port of Olympia on Feb. 28 said that it has completed a significant milestone in its efforts to clean up legacy contamination in Budd Inlet.

The port has finished the first phase of Budd Inlet research vessel operations and sediment testing, which started Jan. 8 under the supervision of consultant Dalton, Olmsted and Fuglevand, and involved collecting samples from more than 100 targeted locations for lab analysis.

“The completion of sediment testing at our Sub-Area 1 location in and around the East Bay area signifies our commitment to environmental stewardship and community well-being,” project manager Jonathon Wolf said.

The port has said that it plans to conduct investigative work in Sub-Area 2: the West Bay of Budd Inlet this summer, depending on funding.

“Our restoration plan for the shoreline aims to not only repair environmental damage but also enhance recreational spaces and community connections along the waterfront,” Shawn Gilbertson, the port’s environment programs and planning director, said.

By Karen Robes Meeks