Facility Site ID: 60939 Cleanup Site ID: 14770

A Puget Sound Initiative site - Reaching the goal of a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound.

Background

Blakely Harbor Park, generally located at Blakely Avenue & 3-T Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, is one of several sites that have been prioritized for cleanup under the State’s Puget Sound Initiative. Between 1864 and 1922, a sawmill operated on the site. At its peak, the mill produced 100 million board feet of lumber per year. Today, Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District maintains 40 acres within the former mill property for recreational uses. Currently, the remainder of the former mill property is privately owned. 

Wood waste is present in marine sediment as a result of historic site uses. Recent soil and sediment sampling found contaminants associated with historic sawmill operations including metals, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and dioxins/furans above state standards. Additional testing will further assess the extent of contamination in the uplands and sediments. Contaminant concentrations do not currently pose an imminent threat to human health.

Ecology plans to work with Port Blakely Tree Farms (Port Blakely) to investigate soil, groundwater and sediment contamination at the site, and to develop a cleanup action plan.

Status

Following a public comment period in early 2020, Ecology and Port Blakely have finalized a formal legal agreement called an Agreed Order. The Agreed Order requires Port Blakely to define the extent and nature of contamination in a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study report and to draft a Cleanup Action Plan for upland and in-water contamination.

You can watch a recording of the online open house held on March 17, 2020 to discuss the project and the early 2020 comment period, and review the comments we received and our responses in the responsiveness summary.

Investigation work to date includes:

  • Early 1990s site sampling - identified potential contamination in the former mill area.
  • 2008 - 2009 site sampling - identified potential sediment contamination at the site.
  • 2019 sediment data report - further characterized sediment contamination prompting further investigation of soil and sediment at the site.
  • 2020 sea floor characterization sampling - These surveys looked at sea floor elevation to build high-resolution bathymetric maps. They also collected images of the sediment to understand its basic characteristics and how much wood waste is present near the surface.
Public Involvement Materials
Technical Documents
Blakely Harbor Park Sediment Investigation Final Data Report exceeds the size restrictions.  Please contact the site manager John Evered for the complete report.
Legal 6
Public Information 7
Document Title Document Date Document Type
2021 Field work update 8/2/2021 Focus Sheet
Blakely Harbor Park Responsivness Summary 6/2/2020 Responsiveness Summary
March 17 webinar recording 3/17/2020 Multimedia
WebinarSlides_BlakelyHarborPark_17March2020 3/17/2020 Multimedia
Blakely Harbor Park Public Participation Plan 2/25/2020 Public Participation Plan
Blakely Harbor Park Final Fact Sheet 2/25/2020 Fact Sheet\Public Notices
Blakely Harbor Park Poster 2019 June 5 6/5/2019 Focus Sheet
Technical Reports 12
Document Title Document Date Document Type
Blakely Harbor Park - SHA Rank Letter 8/17/2020 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Blakely Harbor Park - Site Hazard Assessment 8/14/2020 Site Hazard Assessment Report
Blakely Harbor Park Final Sediment Data Report Appendix D 10/29/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park Final Sediment Report Appendix C 10/29/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park Final Sediment Data Report Appendix B 10/29/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park Final Sediment Data Report Appendix A 10/29/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park Final Sediment Data Report 10/29/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park Surface Soil and Sediment Data Report Part 1 8/13/2019 Site Specific Technical Document - other
Blakely Harbor Park - SHA Notification Letter (Ancinas) 2/15/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Blakely Harbor Park - SHA Notification Letter (Lande) 2/15/2019 Site Specific Administrative Document - other (Administrative correspondence)
Blakely Harbor Park - Intertidal Sampling & Analysis Report 1/21/2009 Sampling and Analysis Plan
Blakely Harbor Park - Environmental Site Assessment Project Status Report II 9/15/1992 Site Specific Technical Document - other
There may be more documents related to this site. To obtain documents not available electronically, you will need to make a public records request.

Places to see print documents

  • Headquarters
    300 Desmond Dr SE
    Lacey, 98503
    Please schedule an appointment to view print documents at this location.

Contaminants 6

Contaminant Type
Soil
Groundwater
Surface Water
Air
Sediment
Bedrock
Metals - Metals - Other S S C
Halogenated Organics - Dioxins/Furans S S S
Other Contaminant - Conventional Contaminants, Organic S
Other Contaminant - Conventional Contaminants, Inorganic S S S
Other Contaminant - Other Deleterious Substances C
Metals - Lead S S C
S
Suspected
C
Confirmed Above Cleanup Levels
B
Below Cleanup Levels
RA
Remediated-Above
RB
Remediated-Below
R
Remediated
This contaminant list was based on our best information at the time it was entered. It may not reflect current conditions at the site.