$600k to Remove Japanese Dock From Olympic National ParkBy Rocky Thompson on March 5th, 2013
Remember that devastating tsunami and ensuing nuclear meltdown in Japan in 2011? At the time scientists said we’d see debris from the event on the shores of the Pacific Northwest. I imagined loads of shopping bags and car tires. Turns out that a huge dock drifted all the way over, and it’s going to cost about $600k to get rid of it. Japan’s government is kindly footing most of the bill through funds they’d sent us to deal with this kind of problem. The 185-ton dock is 65 feet long and made of a foam-type material encased in steel-reinforced concrete. When it arrived park officials worried about invasive species went out and scraped 500lbs of organic material off the dock and then washed it with bleach. Park officials would have been better served if they’d just put a post on Craigslist: “Free Japanese dock.” It would have been gone in an hour.