Fidalgo & Padilla baywide cleanups, Anacortes
Fidalgo and Padilla bays are one set of seven Puget Sound water bodies chosen as priorities for substantial cleanup and restoration. We began environmental cleanup and restoration along the rim of the bays in 2007, choosing sites that that had already been identified as needing cleanup, but where cleanup had been delayed.
These bays support the second largest eelgrass bed on North America's Pacific Coast, acting as a nursery for herring, salmon, and other wildlife. A portion of Fidalgo Bay was also designated as a marine wildlife preserve to protect the rich ecosystem.
Anacortes-area baywide highlights
Seafarer’s Memorial Park is part of two former cleanup sites: Scott Paper Mill and Cap Sante Marine. These cleanups yielded a usable beach and eelgrass nursery, amphitheater, kayak launch, and restaurant.
Historical and cleanup signage provided by Trail Tales on the Tommy Thompson trail reminds us of the local history, the effort and commitment needed to clean up the site, and the value of restoring habitat.
The Custom Plywood beach restoration project plan includes replanting native wetland, riparian, and beach plants.
The Puget Sound Initiative launched a significant effort in 2007 to restore and protect Puget Sound. By the goal of 2020, we accomplished the following at Fidalgo and Padilla bays:
- Listed eleven sites for investigation and cleanup.
- Studied nine sites so we could plan cleanups.
- Cleaned up seven sites, resulting in economic development, increased public access to restored shorelines, and restored ecological habitat.
Monitoring, investigation, and cleanup work continues to further enhance the local environment and community.
This effort is transforming the Anacortes area waterfront. Our cleanup work has continued to spark development of a vibrant area for the community to enjoy, brought in new businesses, and restored the vitality of the marine zone. Cleanup has moved faster and more smoothly thanks to the participation, encouragement, and vision of the local tribes and community.