Seattle Puget Sound Clean Up Crew In Action

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  Operating their cranes like a quarter dropping arcade addicts, these Puget Sound creosote cleanup committees have their work cut out for them.

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The toxic wood preservative used on treated pilings, containing more than 300 chemicals, leaches contaminates into the sound and beaches for the duration of a treated logs life. And that can be a very long time!

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Retrieving the treated wood assists all marine life including salmon, herring, Orca whales, Harbor seals, and many species of birds, who have been documented to suffer from effects of creosote. To date, thousands of tons of derelict pilings and beach debris have been removed from Puget Sound shorelines, as new and non toxic treated pilings have replaced the menacing creosote treated wood to ensure a safer environment for all of us!

 

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Kim & Kristine Halverson
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Great pictures, good to know there is clean up happening.  Kristine

October 03, 2011 01:01 PM
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Ron & Alexandra Seigel
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Judi,

Our first encounter with creosote was on a piece of property we were selling in Beverly Hills.  Because part of it had railroad track for the defunct tram system, we learned that the wooden parts of the tracks had creosote in them, which necessitate soil cleanup.  It is amazing how people used chemicals without thinking of the long term effects on nature.  Good for Seattle for cleaning it up.  Have a great week. A

October 03, 2011 01:09 PM
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Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Good afternoon, Judi. After years of dumping toxic wastes into our oceans and environment, man is finally starting to realize that we need to clean up our act or we too will go the way of the dinosaur...

October 03, 2011 01:53 PM
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Malcolm Johnston
Trenton Real Estate
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Wow, this is something that I would never have thought of, but now that you've blogged about it, I can see the issue. I bet there's millions of tons of those all over the continent. I'm glad to see that work is being done to remedy this.

October 03, 2011 03:03 PM
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Judi!~~ WOW

Now I learned something new today...thank you SO much for this post and photo!

October 03, 2011 03:45 PM
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John McCormack
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Hi Judi -

Great pics and a very educational post.  Glad to know the waters are being cleaned up!  Outstanding.

Best regards from The Q

October 03, 2011 03:49 PM
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Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Judi, good to know that Seattle is being pro-active about removing these creosote contaminated pilings... now if we can get the rest of the World to start caring.

October 03, 2011 04:20 PM
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Wayne Johnson
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®

Judi-That sounds like a really worthwhile project. I know creosote is good at maintaining wood, but that is at some cost to everything to which it comes into contact.

 

October 03, 2011 10:15 PM
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Chris Alston
Silicon Valley, California
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California)

I never thought about that fact...  I see the pilings and the stuff on 'em...  But never thought about it in the water!

October 03, 2011 10:57 PM
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Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP

Hi Kim~ i think we are seeing huge improvements on how we deal with detoxifying our planet!

 

Hi A~ We have come a long way. It is actually amazing what we know now compared to what we didn't know, even fifty years ago!...

 

Hi Michael~ I agree! I would prefer to see mankind evolve, rather than disappear!

 

Hi Malcolm~ Creosote posts washing up on beaches cause another significant problem by leaching chemicals into the earth. Also, many folks unknowingly discharge chemicals into the air by using these posts for beach bonfires!


Hi janeAnne~ I love researching the things I see going on in Seattle! I am learning something new every day as well!


Hi Q~ Every day we get closer to a cleaner planet. That is unless an oil tanker leaks!...

 

Hi Chris~ All of our knowledge will bring us together. There comes a point when you just can't ignore the facts!

 

Hi Wayne~ It is definitely time to find a better way!

 

Hi Chris~ Glad I could put that thought in your head!

 

Best regards from Seattle!

October 04, 2011 02:03 PM
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Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

I really appreciate this post and the great information about the clean up efforts. Again, Seattle leads the way in environmentally responsible activities. Glad to hear there's a replacement for creosote. It's nasty stuff.

October 05, 2011 12:45 PM
Rainer
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Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP

Hi Debb~ A new day dawns!...

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Best regards from Seattle,

October 05, 2011 01:17 PM
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