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Little Squalicum Creek Estuary – Soil and Groundwater Characterization

Publication number Date Published
13-03-011February 2013
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Author(s) Pitz, C.
Description A proposal has been developed to excavate and re-grade a portion of Little Squalicum Park in Bellingham, WA. The purpose of this project is to create an estuarine embayment, a key habitat enhancement for Little Squalicum Creek and Bellingham Bay. On the basis of previous observations of contamination within and upgradient of the estuary footprint, the Washington State Department of Ecology conducted a subsurface investigation of soil and groundwater contaminant conditions. Four of 20 soil samples collected from above the future estuary surface showed elevated concentrations of diesel- and lube-oil-range petroleum products. No organic contaminants were detected in groundwater. None of the soil samples collected below the future estuary surface showed organic or inorganic contaminant concentrations above Washington State Sediment Management Standards marine sediment chemical criteria.
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Keywords Little Squalicum, toxics, groundwater, estuary
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Area 01 Nooksack
DATA Environmental Information Management (EIM) #CHPI005


Quality Assurance Project Plan: Little Squalicum Creek Estuary Soil and Groundwater