Swinomish Tribe cleaning up contaminated area near the mouth of Padilla Bay

by Tim Flanagan on September 9, 2011

John Hartl has this movie review of "The Whale" in the Seattle Times:

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Movie review 3 stars

What’s the difference between a Spielbergian E.T. and a young orca who loses his family in Puget Sound and just wants to find his way home?

Not much, look claim the creators of a charming Canadian documentary, "The Whale," which follows a male orca, Luna, as he gradually turns receptive humans into substitutes for family. In footage the filmmakers shot over several years, Luna behaves like an especially aggressive "problem kid."

He’s also so adorable that few can resist his invitations to cavort in the water, using sticks and hoses and other playthings as he approaches several boats. While he may have plenty to eat, he’s always hungry for connection and affection.

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This unsigned story appears in the Tacoma News Tribune:

[MOUNTAINSIDE FILMS image: The documentary “The Whale” tells the story of Luna, a baby orca separated from his pod that seeks companionship from humans along Nootka Sound.]

The young male orca near Vancouver Island seemed too friendly to ever be called a killer whale, swimming his way into the hearts of millions in the early 2000s.

Today, a documentary about Luna opens at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema.

“The Whale” is premiering in Tacoma and Seattle theaters before its national run. Producer and co-director Suzanne Chisholm said the decision to open in Tacoma was “because, in many ways, this is the home neighborhood of the little orca at the heart of the story.”

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/09/1815663/friendly-whale-touched-hearts.html#ixzz1XTmAA152

This News Release appears at Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission:

[Non-functioning creosote debris in marine waters is considered a contaminant. The Swinomish Tribe plans to remove about 100 creosote pilings near the mouth of Padilla Bay.]

The Swinomish Tribe is cleaning up a former lime storage area by removing about 280 cubic yards of contaminated soil and 100 creosote wood pilings.

The contaminated site is adjacent to the Swinomish Channel near the mouth of Padilla Bay. When the channel was created in the 1930s, mind
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dumped dredge spoils on the Swinomish Reservation, converting an intertidal area of mudflats and marshes into uplands.

The area was leased by a non-tribal member from 1964 to 1989 when it was used to store lime and other products for agricultural use. The storage building was demolished in 2003, but a concrete slab, debris and a burn pile remain.

Contamination at the site includes bioaccumulative toxins that could end up in marine waters through surface water runoff into the Swinomish Channel.

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