Central Waterfront Site in Bellingham
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Environmental report ready for public review
Comment Period: Sept. 18—Nov. 1, 2017

Ecology invites you to comment on a draft environmental report (Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, or RI/FS) that includes 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. All of this work is detailed in the report. You can view the RI/FS Report by following the links below, or going to one of the locations listed to the right.

Ecology will also hold a public meeting to provide more information:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017; 6-8PM
Technology Development Center
Douglas G. Smith Room
1000 F Street, Bellingham WA 98225

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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, arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, mercury, copper, 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.



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
1440 10th Street Suite 102
Bellingham, 98225

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, 98227