Discarded harbor floats present a cleanup headache


January 6, 2022

Pieces of rigid foam — polystyrene — broken away from harbor floats installed in the 1970s and 1980s are bobbing along Wrangell’s waters and washing up on beaches along Zimovia Strait.

Holdovers from the Shoemaker Bay harbor float replacement project in 2018, the pieces were part of 60- to 80-foot-long old floats that the borough sold in 2018 when it should have trashed them, Port Director Steve Miller said.

While records were kept of the individuals who bought the old floats, it’s now impossible to identify who owns the debris floating in the water. Over the past three to four yea...

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