Saturday, June 07, 2008

Tires, Tires, Tires

(photo Herald staff DARREN BREEN )
Tires litter beach, open old wounds in Tulalip
Non-Indian residents say the eyesores are a reminder of a double standard.
By Krista J. Kapralos, Herald Writer

TULALIP -- For the second time in two years, hundreds of old tires are washing up on Hermosa Beach, a narrow strip of sand on the western edge of the Tulalip Indian Reservation.The last time this happened was in 2006, after a severe storm sent waves crashing into a bulkhead made from old tires.

Tulalip Tribes natural resources crews picked up that mess, but the broken bulkhead was left with the remaining tires still inside.Bulkheads are structures that protect homes from erosion caused by tides.Time and tides are scattering tires again. They arrive on the beach tangled up in seaweed, half-buried in the sand, sometimes used as perches for bald eagles with nests nearby.

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