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Public Meeting: Blair Waterway Dredging
January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED:A year ago, the Port of Tacoma announced that it was seeking to deepen and widen the Blair Waterway, ostensibly to accommodate the world’s most massive container ships. The Army Corps of Engineers was asked to determine whether or not there is a federal interest in sharing the costs of the project, now estimated at $242 million. Two sessions will be held on January 15th – at 2pm and 5pm – to take public comment. The draft report and draft Environmental Assessment are available to review at: https://go.usa.gov/xEjss.The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has voiced serious concerns about this project, which could negatively impact water quality, treaty fishing rights, and fisheries. Should the project move forward, approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of dredged material could wind up in Commencement Bay and the rest would be dumped at an upland facility.The report itself states that the Blair Waterway is surrounded by dozens of industrially polluted sites, many of which still contain contaminated groundwater that could be leeching into the waterway. It seems prudent to prioritize the cleanup and remediation of the tideflats before spending millions of dollars to further degrade what was once a pristine estuary teeming with life.IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND, you can still submit public comments on the draft report by February 16, 2020. Email comments to: TacomaHarbor@usace.army.mil Or mail comments ATTN: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, CENWS-PMP, PO Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755https://www.facebook.com/events/1095265004139234/