Project Details

  • Environmental Remediation
  • Permitting & Engineering Design


Port of Bellingham




Blaine, WA

Team Members

Jeff Fellows, PE, MBA

Stephanie Renando

Westman Marine Cleanup Site

Blaine Harbor was first created in the 1930s when the tideflats were dredged to build uplands to support marine trades, including boatyards. Westman Marine operated the site, which is currently owned by the Port of Bellingham, as a boatyard from 1989 to 2011. In 2011, the Port hired Landau to begin an upland and marine environmental investigation. Since that time, Landau has partnered with the Port to usher the project the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) process, including a multi-media remedial investigation and feasibility study; developing cleanup action strategies; negotiating regulatory and technical solutions with the Washington State Department of Ecology; conducting an upland interim action to facilitate construction at the site; and supporting public participation. Currently Landau is support the Port with design-level investigations, remedial design, and permitting services.

The project integrates upland and marine remediation design elements to rehabilitate shoreline infrastructure and expand tenant site use while restoring the ecological environment.

The Challenge

The level and variety of contamination at the Westman Marine Cleanup Site, including heavy metals, TBT, PCBs, and PAHs, required Landau to develop site-specific cleanup levels for the marine and upland areas. An element of cleanup strategy incorporated human health criteria for consumption of seafood in accordance with Sediment Management Standards and MTCA.

Our Approach

Landau has worked closely with the Port to frequently modify project strategy implementation by providing flexibility in scope, schedule, and sequencing of services to achieve the Port’s requirements while meeting the needs of the state, the tenants, and other stakeholders throughout the process.

The Solution

Landau’s proposed final remedial strategy will provide a cost-effective approach to meeting cleanup standards and provide long-term protection to human health and the environment.

The cleanup action strategy is undergoing the final stages of review and approval with Ecology and will be implemented to comply thoroughly with Washington State standards and stakeholder objectives.

Ultimately the project will achieve the Port’s goals for continued local marine industry support by maintaining current property use — light industrial support – including a restabilized shoreline and new boat maintenance lift infrastructure.