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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

BNSF Skykomish NRD Settlement Restoration Sites

In 2007, BNSF signed a consent decree with Washington State Department of Ecology that included cleanup of the BNSF Skykomish site and settlement of their natural resource damage (NRD) liability for the site.  BNSF provided $5.5 million dollars worth of projects to restore and compensate for natural resources that were injured by hazardous substances released from the site.   The projects included aquatic habitat restoration projects, restoration of Maloney Creek near Skykomish, funds toward construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant, and outreach and education.  Funding also contributed to assessments to help prioritize future restoration and several feasibility studies to help determine if a restoration project is feasible and cost effective.  About a dozen projects received funding from this voluntary NRD settlement.  For more information about the BNSF Skykomish Cleanup Activities see: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=34, or contact Donna Podger at dpod461@ecy.wa.gov.

Lower Skykomish Geomorphic Assessment Map showing BNSF Skykomish sites.

BNSF Skykomish NRD Settlement Project List

Project title



Water Quality Protection category

Skykomish Wastewater Treatment Plant construction and O&M City of Skykomish $1,564,390

Aquatic Habitat Restoration

Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Wetland Restoration Tulalip Tribe $882,000
Tychman Slough Salmon Riparian Restoration Snohomish County  $100,000
Ebey Island Habitat Restoration Feasibility Study Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife $100,000
Lower Beckler River Erosion control and Harlan Creek Road Decommissioning US Forest Service $375,000
Lower Skykomish Geomorphic Reach Assessment Snohomish County $25,000
Lower Skykomish Braided Reach Restoration Snohomish County $125,000
Pilchuk River Dam Removal Feasibility Study City of Snohomish $285,000
Drainage District No. 6 Restoration Feasibility Study City of Everett $100,000
 Upper Skykomish Restoration Opportunities US Forest Service $325,000
Project oversight Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife $31,000

Recreational and Terrestrial Habitat Restoration

Maloney Creek Feasibility Study and Design City of Skykomish $285,000
Maloney Creek Design and Construction City of Skykomish $1,193,178
Maloney Creek Trail System Project City of Skykomish $69,000
Skykomish outreach and education City of Skykomish $64,700

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NRDAR Focus Sheet - March 2014

NRDAR Coordination:
Donna Podger
(360) 407- 7016

Ecology NRDAR Contacts

Information on a NRDAR location can be viewed by  clicking on the  purple dots within the map at left.