Central Waterfront Site in Bellingham
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Ecology held a public comment period (Sep. 18 - Nov. 1, 2017) and a public meeting (Oct. 4) about a draft environmental report (Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, or RI/FS) that included a preferred option to clean up the Central Waterfront site in Bellingham. The Port of Bellingham (Port) and the City of Bellingham (City) prepared the report with Ecology oversight. They investigated contamination and evaluated cleanup options, leading to a preferred cleanup option.

Ecology finalized the RI/FS report based on comments received and responded to comments.  All changes made to the report are described in the Updates Tracking table





  • 2018: Based on the information in the environmental report, Ecology will select a cleanup action for the site. Ecology will issue our selected action and an associated legal agreement for public review. The legal agreement will require the Port and City, and possibly others, to design the cleanup action.
  • 2019: Complete design activities.

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The Central Waterfront cleanup site is made up of about 51 acres on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront, between I & J Waterway and Whatcom Waterway, and between Roeder Avenue and the former Georgia-Pacific industrial wastewater treatment lagoon. Property within the site is owned primarily by the Port of Bellingham or City of Bellingham. Beginning in the early 1900s, the site and surrounding tidelands were filled for various industrial uses.

Investigations to date have found contaminants in soil and groundwater associated with these historical industrial uses. Contaminants include petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, and methane gas.  Contaminant levels are high enough that they must be addressed under Washington's toxics cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act. 

The Central Waterfront site is one of 12 cleanup sites in the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot project, a coordinated bay-wide effort by federal, tribal, state and local governments to clean up contamination, control pollution sources and restore habitat, with consideration for land and water uses. The work is informed by the Bellingham Bay Comprehensive Strategy, developed by the pilot work group in 2000.


The interim action reports linked below contain appendices with large volumes of laboratory data.  Please contact the site manager for file download.


Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 2864

Cleanup Site ID: 3418

Bellingham, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Brian Sato
Site Manager
(425) 649-7265

Brad Petrovich
Project Planner and Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 649-4486

Lucy McInerney
Project Lead
(425) 649-7272

Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452

Ecology Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101
Bellingham, 98225

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, 98227