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The Port of Olympia makes progress in its Budd Inlet cleanup project

February 29, 2024

The Port of Olympia successfully completed phase one of its Budd Inlet research vessel operations and sediment testing. Samples collected from over 100 targeted sites have been sent to the lab for analysis as part of the Port’s ongoing Budd Inlet environmental cleanup and restoration initiative.

The research vessel, launched on January 8, 2024, has diligently gathered sediment samples under the supervision of the contracted consultant, Dalton, Olmsted and Fuglevand. This meticulous process aligns with the Port’s commitment to investigating and addressing legacy pollutants, such as dioxins and furans, in the sediment throughout specific and targeted areas of Budd Inlet.

Depending on funding, the port intends to continue its investigative work in Sub-Area 2, the West Bay of Budd Inlet, by late summer 2024. The Port of Olympia remains dedicated to rectifying past environmental lapses and fostering a healthier ecosystem for the future.

“Our restoration plan for the shoreline aims to not only repair environmental damage but also enhance recreational spaces and community connections along the waterfront,” mentioned Shawn Gilbertson, Port of Olympia Director of Environment Programs and Planning.