The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Response Program is funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess and clean up properties, that have either real or perceived contamination, and to prevent future contamination. Properties such as these are called brownfields sites, originating from the Brownfields Revitalization Act which made funding available to create state and tribal response programs. Many brownfield sites exist on reservations and in usual and accustomed hunting and fishing grounds, leftover from industrial and municipal activities. Types of brownfields sites can vary from an old mill site, dumps, or other contaminated buildings.
Additional grants are obtained to study and clean up these sites. It is important to note that one of the major aspects of the Brownfields Program is to redevelop or reuse cleaned property for economical value. In many areas, large-scale redevelopment, such as condos and business parks, are built on cleaned brownfields sites. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is more interested in light reuse, which focuses on allowing beneficial use of a site while protecting and enhancing natural resources. Fortunately, for tribes, simply returning land back to culturally beneficial uses, such as shellfish harvesting, qualifies as reuse. On this website, you will be able to access the Public Record that contains our list of potentially contaminated sites and related information.
A Brownfields Tribal Response Program is required by the EPA to have certain components. Listed below are the thehe Four Elements: How PGST includes or is taking reasonable steps to include the four elements in the response program and previous progress made with this funding .
- Timely Survey and Inventory of brownfields sites:The survey and inventory process has produced a list of sites that are potentially contaminated on and around the PGST reservation. These sites were researched and have been prioritized and ranked. The prioritization and ranking were based on the value of cultural and natural resources on each site, along with the potential to achieve beneficial reuse or redevelopment from the site. The prioritization and ranking of sites based on these criteria, was recommended by natural resource professionals and approved by the Tribal Council. The top three sites are 1) Point Julia, 2) the Port Gamble Mill Site, and 3) the Log Transfer Area. Due to property ownership and funding availability, other sites may be addressed before these can be cleaned up.
- Oversight and enforcement authorities or other mechanisms andresources: PGST has no Voluntary Cleanup Program Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with EPA. However, the PGST works with other agencies that provide a mechanism by which property owners and or potential liable parties may be issued a letter of no further action using Risk-Based Corrective Action principles (ASTM E-1739 "Standard Guide for Risk-Based Corrective Action Applied at Petroleum Release Sites," etc.) for their site. This goal will be accomplished by continuing the work of our TRP.
- Mechanisms and resources to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation: It is important to note that public outreach and education occurs on a smaller scale than nontribal Response programs. Since we are located on the tribal Reservation, there are frequent interactions with tribal members, children, and educational departments, which provide an opportunity for outreach and education. Such activities include events and meetings to educate on the state of our local natural resources related to contamination, attending Tribal Council and other government meetings or forums to provide updates on progress of the program, public review of the potentially contaminated site list and ABCA. The TRPM will continue to hold community meetings to educate the tribal community on the program and cleanup efforts underway, to solicit information on potentially contaminated sites, and to inform them on the Bay’s health. Public outreach also occurred with local school aged children in scheduled events and classes during the 2014 funding cycle. The TRPM will continue to provide information and opportunities for participation through the Public Record at https://www.pgst.nsn.us/tribal-programs/tribal-services/natural-resources/brownfields-tribal-response-program.
- Mechanisms for approval of a cleanup plan and verification and certification that cleanup is complete: Although the TRPM’s involvement has been focused more on outreach and this to a lesser extent, it is important to stay informed of the cleanup process occurring in the bay since it has a direct impact to Tribal members and the food they harvest. During 2015, the TRPM will help to coordinate the planning for the former Mill Site and Point Julia. She will assist with outreach and education on the clean up of the former Port Gamble Mill Site. Further tasks will include managing contractual staff, performing public outreach and education, and completing required paperwork to conduct above described activities.
|Site No.||Location||Description||Owner/leasee||Land Status|
|1||At the end of Point Julia Road off Ne Boston Lane||Ancestral village site||Tribe||Trust Land|
|2||Port Gamble||Old lumber mill||Olympic Property Group||Private Ownership|
|3||Log transfer site used by the mill||Department of Natural Resources||State land|
|4||North of Hansville Road and Little Boston Road intersection||Old mobile home park||Tribe||Trust land|
|5||Hansville||Old Dump site|
|6||Access Road off of Little Boston Road NE||Old shooting areas||Tribe||Trust land|
|7||At the end of Boston Lane||Tribe||Trust land|
|8||Hansville||Old wrecking yard||Private property||Private Ownership|
Community Events/Meeting Announcements:
Cleanup of Port Gamble Bay
This is an update on Port Gamble Bay cleanup activities. Starting tonight there will be double shifts of subtidal dredging work in the Bay. The double shifts are anticipated to continue for approximately 2-3 weeks including weekends.
The anticipated schedule this week is:
- First Dredge Shift 6:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Second Dredge Shift 4:00 pm to 2:30 am
- Offloading material 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
There will also be a Saturday shift and possibly a Sunday shift as well.
The subtidal dredging work happens from barges, with offloading material at the south end of the eastern wharf. The work should not be nearly as loud as the last year’s intertidal excavation work, which involved moving large rocks. The purpose of the tight scheduling is to avoid impacts to herring and other species.
Please contact the Natural Resources Department if you have any questions or concerns.
Weekly Port Gamble Bay Cleanup- Vessel Management Update
Sustainable Little Boston
This is a program to promote sustainability with the focus on our youth and their families. We use these outreach events to promote awareness and increase knowledge of the small steps we can take to ensure that our children, and the next 7 generations to come will be able to live off the land.
The above photo is the new Sustainable Little Boston Logo.