Dark stormy skies created a dramatic back drop behind Harbor Island in Seattle. A man-made island, soil from the Jackson and Dearborn Street regrades and from dredging the Duwamish river bed were used to create Harbor Island in the mouth of the Duwamish River, splitting the river mouth into two channels, the East and West waterways. In 1909 when completed it was the largest man-made island in the world covering 350 acres.
Harbor Island has always been utilized for industry, and unfortunately due to past unwise business practices of dumping or allowing waste products to spill, the island was named a Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1983. The soil, ground water and surrounding waterways and the lower Duwamish River are contaminated with a plethora of heavy metals, petroleum and chemicals.
When I worked on Harbor Island from the mid 70s to the mid 90s, I knew longshoremen (and other people) who fished in the waterway off the dock. Often the fish (bottom fish mostly like Flounder) were deformed, extra eyes, guts outside their bodies, weird stuff. Personally, I wouldn’t have and didn’t eat anything caught there, but people did then and still do fish and eat from those contaminated waters.
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