Major Changes for Point Hudson

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Major Changes for Point Hudson

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The Port of Port Townsend will commence replacement of the Point Hudson Jetty starting the week of Sept. 11. Their plans are to completely remove the existing jetty and replace it with steel pilings and new rock. The plans I have been able to review make no mention of the WWII dolphin. The work is scheduled to be conducted from Sept. 11 to March 1 this year and next year. This will close the site to diving during construction, and it will remove much of the habitat that has made this a great dive site. Current will also probably be substantially different over the next year when there will be no jetty. I hope the new jetty will promote the same sort of habitat in the coming years.
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Thanks.

Do you have a link to the plans?
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Here is a link to much of the info for the project.

https://cityofpt.us/development-service ... nt-project
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Thank you for sharing this Magoi. While it sucks habitat is being disrupted and removed, I hope the new structures provide new habitat for many years to come.
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The plan now includes moving and saving some of the rock for fish habitat, which I find encouraging. This is what some of us have been asking for, and it made it into the plan as an addendum:


New habitat conservation measures including a habitat feature to offset potential
impacts to rockfish and lingcod. The plan involves salvaging larger rock and placing
the salvaged rock, in 30 feet of water or greater, between the mooring buoy and the
end of the south breakwater. The permanent footprint will be approximately 55
feet wide, 49 feet long, and 15 feet tall for an area of about 2,700 sf.

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Life will find a way back I hope 🙏 Are there any other ideas for ways to add more cool naturalish habitat features during this 'opportunity'? Some more reef restoration/dive park kinda stuff that everyone can be proud of? Where will be the go-to dive site for cool encounters while this site is unavailable?
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eh.haole wrote: Sun Sep 04, 2022 7:50 am Where will be the go-to dive site for cool encounters while this site is unavailable?
Fort Flagler. Seriously, it's awesome. The currents are even trickier, but the vis is always better and the life is great.
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A bit of an update...

The project will occur in two phases, over two years, during the fall-spring time frame.

This year they are working on the far side of the entrance to Point Hudson Marina, not in the usual diving area (see picture). I stopped by and chatted with a foreman for a few minutes...
  • This season, for the time being, divers should still be able to dive the normal jetty area, with caution. Don't go around the corner towards the marina.
  • Currently work is 6 days a week, Mon-Sat, and they're working hard while the weather is good. They will probably go to a weekday schedule (Mon-Fri) sometime soon.
  • They're pulling out the old pilings on the NE side right now. I have no idea what that will do to the vis.
  • In the evenings, after about 5pm, they swing the barge about 90 degrees out to deeper water to avoid low tides and disturbing the eel grass. That shouldn't affect the diving, but FYI.
  • They confirmed that some of the rock will be saved to make a fish nursery of sorts between the dolphin and the new jetty. They aren't yet doing that, but I'd look to be sure before splashing.
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