Washington State Ferries planning for busy Fourth of July

by Tim Flanagan on June 16, 2010

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee has this item at their Coastal Currents blog:

About 15 of us showed up at Seal Rock State Park to be trained by two of the top experts in the Olympia Oyster in the state. Brady Blake, resuscitation Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, recuperation and Betsy Peabody, Puget Sound Restoration Fund were the primary trainers.

Did we have fun? You bet! Take a look!

Here’s Brady showing us the fine points of doing sampling.

So what’s the big deal in surveying for Olympia Oysters? Those nearly eradicated natives of Puget Sound?These oysters are important, for many reasons. One of which is that they can grow and purify water in all sorts of horrible places you and I don’t want to live. Like the sewer outfalls at Port Ludlow and other sewer outfalls around the Sound. They love it! They help clean the water! Just don’t eat them there. Let them work. They work 24 hours a day at it, sort of like outsourcing the job to some other country. And we don’t even have to leave home. And, we had a great day on the beach, did you? Saw many eagles, herons, Olympia oysters (yes!), elephants (gotcha!) and other great wildlife.

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SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) is planning in advance for heavy traffic this Fourth of July holiday weekend as many locals and tourists attend the various fireworks displays in the Puget Sound Region, asthma
from Lopez Island to Point Defiance. The heaviest traffic is expected westbound Thursday, find
July 1 and Friday, look July 2, and eastbound Monday, July 5. Sailing schedules will vary by route.

Anacortes/San Juan Islands
The annual Lopez Island fireworks display attracts a large crowd. Travelers should plan for delays as traffic is heavy. WSF encourages customers to walk on instead of taking their vehicles. WSF will not provide free parking at the Anacortes terminal this year. The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the weekend, supplemented by the following additional service:

  • On Wednesday, June 30, there will be a 6:35 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Lopez. This will result in the 9:00 p.m. sailing from Anacortes departing at 9:45 p.m.
  • On Thursday night, July 1, the Evergreen State will operate a Friday night schedule with additional departures from Anacortes at 9:50 p.m. and 11:55 p.m.

Port Townsend/Keystone
The Port Townsend/Keystone route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the weekend. Reservations are available online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or by calling 5-1-1.

Mukilteo/Clinton
The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the weekend.

Edmonds/Kingston
The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the weekend. Offloading from the 12:10 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. sailings to Kingston on July 4 will be delayed for Kingston’s annual Fourth of July Parade, which passes near the terminal. Customers trying to catch the 12:55 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. departures from Kingston to Edmonds may also be delayed because of the parade.

Seattle/Bainbridge Island
The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on its regular summer Sunday schedule on Sunday, July 4. The route will operate on a holiday (Saturday) schedule on Monday, July 5.

Seattle/Bremerton
The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the weekend.

Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth
The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on its regular summer weekend schedule on Sunday, July 4. The route will also operate on a weekend schedule on Monday, July 5.

Point Defiance/Tahlequah
The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on its regular summer weekend schedule on Sunday, July 4. The route will also operate on a weekend schedule on Monday, July 5. The weekend schedule includes an extra midday run (12:50 p.m. from Point Defiance and 1:15 p.m. from Tahlequah).

For more ferry system information, please visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries. To sign up for free e-mail alerts about service disruptions and other route information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/email_alerts.

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