The Port of Bellingham owns many properties that have been degraded by historic industrial activities and abandoned by those directly responsible for the contamination. Bringing these environmentally compromised properties back into functioning and productive use is a priority for the port because restoration:
Protects the environment
Takes development pressure off open land
You can learn more about the status of the Port's efforts to clean-up sites in Bellingham Bay including the Central Waterfront, Cornwall Avenue Landfill, Georgia-Pacific West, Harris Avenue Shipyard, I&J Waterway, Weldcraft Steel and Marine, and the Whatcom Waterway on the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Bay Cleanup Sites webpage.
Environmental investigations and cleanup actions are typically performed under legal agreements with the Washington State Department of Ecology to ensure regulatory compliance and access to state grant funding.