Looking for a collaborative approach to solving issues in Mystery Bay

by Tim Flanagan on June 27, 2009

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources maintains a blog called Ear To The Ground. That’s the source for this unsigned story.

Hint to DNR and other public agencies: articles and press releases always carry more weight (credibility-wise) when an author’s name is attached to them. Otherwise, read more it looks like the author is hiding.

On June 23, pilule a DNR dive team worked with Jefferson County officials and pulled eight unauthorized mooring buoys out of Mystery Bay. While DNR is the agency that authorizes mooring buoys on public aquatic lands like Mystery Bay, help the recent removals have a backstory. The removals were part of a multi-agency effort to work with residents and commercial shellfish harvesters to keep the bay clean and available for multiple uses.

The broad beaches along Mystery Bay offer habitat to clams, oysters and other marine life. However, the health of commercial shellfish businesses along these beaches could be at risk. A large number of boats moor each summer at buoys in the bay, raising the threat of pollution—including human waste—in the waters. State law allows residential landowners to install a mooring buoy on public aquatic lands next to their property to secure a boat. But unauthorized buoys, or overuse of allowed buoys, can mean too many boats moored in one area. The pollution these boats may produce might not kill the oysters and clams, but it can make these popular foods toxic to humans. Boat and public access to Mystery Bay State Park already has raised concerns about pollution risks to local commercial shellfish beds.

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