Former Scott Paper Mill Restoration

Anacortes, WA – In 2005, WA’s Governor and the state legislature created the Puget Sound Initiative to clean up, preserve and restore Puget Sound by 2020. The former Scott Paper Mill site in Anacortes was identified as a major project in the cleanup program.

A comprehensive cleanup strategy was needed to address the site. For nearly 100 years, the Former Scott Paper Mill in Anacortes, WA, served as a lumber and paper manufacturing facility contaminating the marine sediment and upland soil with petroleum-based compounds, dioxins/furans, PCBs, metals, and wood waste. Though industrial activities had been discontinued for decades, the property remained contaminated.

Restoration of the 41-acre site was a three-year, mulit-phase project completed in partnership with the Dept. of Ecology and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, successor to the mill’s former owner. The restored shoreline contributed significantly to the Port’s environmental stewardship efforts within Fidalgo Bay and returned a popular section of the waterfront to safe public use.

In addition to the environmental benefits of this major cleanup effort, the former Scott Paper Mill cleanup project had a tremendously positive impact on the Port and City of Anacortes. The project received the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award at the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) meeting in San Antonio, Texas in June 2012. Click here to read full article.

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