Avengers Come to the Rescue
Last month MVIHES received a request from James Craig, MVIHES volunteer and retiree of the BC Conservation Foundation, for help in removing the timbers of a dock that washed up on the beach at the end of Arlette Road in San Pareil. The dock was pretty skookum, being made of thick beams soaked with creosote and held together with thick iron pins.
Creosote is no longer used in preserving wood and for good reason. During the lifetime of marine pilings and docks treated with creosote, weathering occurs from tides and water flow which slowly opens the oily outer coating and allows some of the hazardous compounds found in creosote to leach into the water. These compounds are ingested by organisms like mollusks and smaller crustaceans which bioaccumulate the compounds inside their bodies. The hazardous compounds are transferred through the marine food chain when the organisms are eaten by fish and other animals. So you can see it was important to get the timbers off the beach as quickly as possible.
On January 10, using their own tools and brawn, MVIHES volunteers James Craig, Eamon Stinson, Dick Dobler and Dick's pal Rick Walz from Qualicum Beach, cut through the iron pins, separated the beams with a steel bar, and cut up the timbers so they could be hauled by hand and piled in the parking lot on Arlette Road. The BCCF has graciously offered to haul the timbers away to the RDN dump, and the RDN is waiving the fees for the proper disposal of this contaminated material.
El Presidente Peter Law has sent this letter of thanks to all involved.
The Avengers Team left to right:
James Craig (Captain Kelp)
Dick Dobler (Sand Man)
Rick Walz (Hulk)
Eamon Stinson (Shore, you know, like Thor)