The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) recently announced approving over $118 million in loans for community infrastructure projects across Washington State. Of these projects, the City received the top score with the Anderson Creek Dam Removals Project and will be receiving $2,000,000 for it. The City is currently reviewing Consultant proposals and will be awarding a design project early next year.
The City of Bremerton constructed two concrete and earthen dam structures on the east and west forks of Anderson Creek for a surface drinking water supply in the 1920’s. The structures were abandoned in the 1960’s and are both listed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as being complete (100%) fish passage barriers.
WSDOT recently completed replacement of the existing culverts on Anderson Creek at SR-16 and Anderson Hill Road. This project builds on this work as removal of both dams and restoration of Anderson Creek will provide over 3 miles of habitat for multiple salmonid species, including ESA listed Puget Sound steelhead.
Preliminary Engineering Report completed – August 2017
Design start – February 2023
Permitting submittals – Fall 2023
Design complete – Spring 2024
Construction start – Summer 2024
Construction complete – Winter 2025
The project will be completed using a low interest PWB loan and be repaid over 20 years from the Water Utility.