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Free tour of Bellingham stormwater treatment site on May 6

A utility pole manufacturer is considered a model for stormwater treatment and will host a free tour on Wednesday, May 6, along with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

The stormwater that runs off The Oeser Company’s 26-acre site at 730 Marine Drive enters Little Squalicum Creek. The tour, open to the public, will show the filters, ponds and other features that keep excessive pollution out of the creek.

Oeser treats timber for utility poles, using hazardous chemicals such as creosote and pentachlorophenol, or PCP, both wood preservatives.

The tour is from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Meet at the trailhead of Little Squalicum Park, 640 Marine Drive.

More information is at re-sources.org. Click on “Events.”

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