Beach recovery

Published July 27, 2010 / by Steve Berentson

This section of the Fidalgo Bay shoreline is currenty closed to the public as an environmental cleanup/restoration is underway. But when it re-opens, it will be yet another amazing “jewel” in the treasure chest of Anacortes assets. This section of beach is part of the former Scott Paper mill site, adjacent to Cap Sante Boat Haven. In addition to a cleanup of uplands areas, the environmental project includes dredging of the bay and removal of contaminated materials from the beach. New breakwaters just off the beach will create a “lagoon-like area where shallow water and warmer water temperature will invite wading. A new pier similar to the Central Pier at Cap Sante Boat Haven is also under construction. Overseeing the work is the Port of Anacortes.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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