The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has received six bids to remove the derelict dock at Agate Beach. The period for accepting bids closed as planned at 3 p.m., June 13, 2012. The dock is debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan and landed at the beach 1 mile north of Newport on Tuesday, June 5. The bidders are:
Liquidvision Technology, Inc.
Klamath Falls OR
Cedar Creek Quarries
Ballard Diving & Salvage
Fred Devine Diving & Salvage
Coos Bay OR
Statewide Contract Services
Reviewing the documents will take a couple of days, at which time the department will release an update on how and when the work will be done.
Since Tuesday last week, the Agate Beach parking lot has recorded 12,791 vehicles. Traffic for the same week in 2011 totaled 2,077.
Smaller pieces of debris of different kinds — mostly styrofoam and plastic — are also washing up on the Oregon coast. The department and other partners are working on a coastwide plan for disposal of tsunami debris, and exploring longer term funding for this effort, but details are not yet final. Cities, counties, federal, and state officials along with many volunteers are working together to handle this challenge. The outpouring of support shows just how much Oregonians care about their beaches and ocean resources.
Coast visitors and residents can help if they find large amounts of debris they think may be from the tsunami:
+ Litter and other typical marine debris. Examples: Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, buoys, Styrofoam.
If practical, we encourage you to remove the debris and recycle as much of it as possible. Use your judgment — if you see a significant amount of debris or anything you think might be related to the tsunami, send an email with the date, location and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Derelict vessel or other large debris item. Examples: Adrift fishing boat, shipping containers.
Contact 911. If the debris is a hazard to navigation, contact the US Coast Guard Pacific Area Command at 510-437-3701 for assistance. Do not attempt to move or remove vessels.
+ Mementos or possessions. Examples: Items with unique identifiers, names, or markings.
If an item can 1) be traced back to an individual or group and 2) has personal or monetary value, contact the department at 1-888-953-7677 or by email at email@example.com so we can make appropriate arrangements for return of items to Japan.
+ Potential hazardous materials. Examples: Oil or chemical drums, gas cans, propane tanks.
Call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to report the item with as much information as possible. Do not touch the item or attempt to move it.
We want to thank all the Oregonians who already have volunteered time and effort to keep our beaches clean. By working together, we can overcome this challenge created by this terrible disaster.