With NOAA’s release of the “Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credits Purchase” Bluefield Holdings marks an important milestone on its Harbor Island West (Site 2) project. The assessment clears the way to complete the first sale of Natural Resource Damage (NRD) credits from the second of Bluefield’s sites. […]
Bluefield designs, permits and builds habitats to maximize your NRD settlement value. - Shawn Severn, President
We have spent years negotiating with Federal, state and local agencies to come up with our unique process for designing, permitting, bonding, constructing, monitoring and maintaining our sites. We bring this experience to every project so our clients don't have to endure the glacial pace of planning and approvals. - Bill Granger, Senior Project Manager
Established NRD Credits
Bluefield has agreements with the Elliott Bay Trustee Council to develop habitat restoration projects on the river, producing Natural Resource Damage (NRD) Credits for settlement of NRD liabilities.
When you settle your NRD liability using NRD Bank® credits from Bluefield, you are assured that your settlement is complete and you assume no further risk - we construct and manage restoration projects and assume the responsibility for the work. We are proven successful.
The Bluefield AdvantageBluefield is uniquely positioned to build NRD habitat and 404 mitigation projects up and down the Duwamish. With 19 sites available along the river, no other entity has the property, the agreements, the engineering and the bonding in place to settle your NRD assessment.
- Site 1 - Construction Complete
- Site 1 - All Credits Sold
- Site 1 - Dedicated to Muckleshoot Tribal Elder Bernice White
- Site 2 - Preliminary Design and Credit Valuation Complete
- Site 2 - Permitting Underway
- Site 12 - Preliminary Design and Credit Valuation Complete
- Master Lease for 19 Sites in Place
- Credit Protocol in Place
- Trustee Process and Documentation in Place
- Federal, State and Local Permit Processes in Place
- DNR Long-Term Easement in Place
- Monitoring Maintenance Programs Already Established
- Construction, Monitoring Maintenance Bonds in Place
Tribal Elder Bernice White Place(Site 1)
During the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, Bluefield constructed our Tribal Elder Bernice White Place (formerly Site 1) project on the west side of the west waterway. The project was constructed on SDOT-owned lands, resulting in 1.01 acre of habitat. Based on the Bluefield design, Bernice White Place was converted from an open, industrial property that was covered with invasive species to a tidal marsh and mudflat surrounded by a riparian buffer and an upland forest area. The site includes access to the forested upland and a viewing area, which overlooks the tidal marsh and the Duwamish waterway.
Credits Generated: 46.7
Credits Available: 0.7
Harbor Island West
Bluefield has been engineering and permitting our Site 2 project, on the east side of the east waterway , across the river from Site 1 on Harbor Island. Bluefield is in negotiations with the City of Seattle and the Suquamish Tribe to dedicate this project to a tribal member. The project will be constructed on SDOT-owned lands and a parcel that Bluefield has purchased from the Port of Seattle, resulting in 2.47 acres of habitat. Similar to Site 1, this project will convert the property from an open, industrial property to two channel inlets that will include tidal marsh and mudflat surrounded by a riparian buffer. The site will include access to the waterfront, a picnic area, and a viewing area on the Spokane Street Bridge.
Credits Generated: 112
Credits Available: 82
North Winds Weir Annex(Site 12)
Bluefield has been preparing the preliminary design for our our Site 12 project. Site 12 is located upstream, at River Mile 6.5 and adjacent to the existing North Winds Weir habitat restoration project. The project will be constructed on Seattle City Light- owned lands, resulting in 3.45 acres of habitat. This project will convert the property from an open, former poleyard to a channel inlet that will include tidal marsh and mudflat surrounded by a riparian buffer. The Site 12 project will be connected to the North Winds Weir site, for a cumulative total of over 6 acres of habitat adjacent to the river. The site will include access to the waterfront and viewing areas.
Credits Generated: 175
Credits Available: 175
Don’t Take Our Word For It
"Bluefield's NRD credit program allowed the City of Seattle to purchase credits to settle our Natural Resources liability on the Duwamish Waterway and minimize delays. Bluefield's use of City-owned properties allows for habitat development on these sites that would otherwise be very difficult for the City to complete".- Pete Rude, City of Seattle
“NOAA is pleased that the Bluefield Holdings’ projects will compensate for the natural resource injuries that occurred from the releases of hazardous substances by responsible parties into the Lower Duwamish River..."- Lois Schiffer, General Counsel of NOAA
Lower Duwamish news
Shawn Severn, President of Bluefield Holdings, will be speaking at Law Seminar International’s 6th Annual Natural Resource Damages conference in Washington, DC on March 23 & 24, 2017. The program features expert insights into what to expect for changes to NRD damage assessment and recovery during the Trump administration. Other speakers include Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the Interior; […]
The Elliott Bay Trustee Council raised the cost per DSAY for Lower Duwamish NRDA cash-out settlements from $125,000 per DSAY to $140,000 per DSAY. A resolution issued by the council in July 2016 states that the rate was raised due to increased property costs and general inflation. Despite the resolution Bluefield Holdings will continue to […]
By JUNE WILLIAMS, Courthouse News SEATTLE (CN) — In reparation for contributing to water pollution, Seattle will partner with a private restoration development company to restore a salmon habitat at the Duwamish River Superfund site, the Justice Department announced. Government officials and other stakeholders in the cleanup filed a complaint and consent decree against the […]
By The Associated Press The City of Seattle has agreed to pay a company to restore natural resources as a way to settle its liability for pollution in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. The Duwamish Superfund Site is one of the largest in Washington state and includes the stretch of the Duwamish River that flows into […]
Bluefield Holdings contributed site reports, maps as well as important insights to “Habitat Restoration in an Urban Waterway: Lessons Learned from the Lower Duwamish River” a recent publication of NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP). Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP) of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) will find valuable information about the complexities of the […]