Ecology is cleaning up lead and arsenic contamination left behind by the Everett Smelter, in residential and industrial areas of Northeast Everett.
The Everett Smelter was operated by Asarco from 1894–1912, but the contamination wasn't discovered until 1990. Smelter operations left high levels of arsenic and lead on the former smelter property. Contaminated particles from the smokestacks settled over a 1.1 square mile area.
From 1999–2007, we managed cleanup of the most highly contaminated areas, including the former smelter property.
In 2009, we received funding through a bankruptcy settlement with Asarco to continue cleanup work.
We have now spent most of the settlement funds on residential cleanups in the uplands area and development of a cleanup plan for the lowlands area. We are seeking additional state funds to continue cleanup.
With the remaining settlement funds, we will complete prioritized phases of lowlands area cleanup.
February 2019: Park cleanups will start soon
Cleanup at Wiggums Hollow Park was suspended in January and will begin again in February.
- We will close active work zones and nearby areas, including the baseball diamond, southern fields by the basketball court, the basketball courts, the playground, and areas near the restrooms.
- The skate park and picnic shelter will remain open during normal hours, 6 a.m. to dusk.
- Check our information sign at the park for schedule updates.
Viola Oursler Overlook construction will begin in April 2019.