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UER Forum > Archived US: Pacific Northwest > Draining in tacoma (Viewed 1587 times)
BaronvonErin 


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Draining in tacoma
< on 7/27/2008 4:48 PM >
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These two drains known as the twin 90's located at the head of the thea foss waterway check tide tables before going
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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 1 on 8/6/2008 3:39 AM >
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Cool! Biggest Washington drain I've seen pictures of in recent memory. Been in? I'd love to see more... AFAIK, the outfalls off Seattle have all long since been extended way out into deep water. I suppose if you were a real nut, you could SCUBA down to them! That would be some real "James Bond"-style UE'ing.

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 2 on 8/8/2008 12:01 PM >
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there is one big one on the duwamish waterway called the diagonal that you can actually kayak into,as going in the twin 90s ive havnt been in there for about 10 years,one goes south the other goes west

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 3 on 10/18/2008 4:49 AM >
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i checked this out last night, but i missed low tide and couldn't see much. there are plenty of places to park... but one lot is a hobo campground and a cop was sitting there last night (i've seen them there before). that's the closest place to park. there's also huge "no trespassing" signs on the wall leading to the drains. probably not a huge deal except that cop is usually there, about 200 feet away.

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 4 on 4/23/2009 8:03 PM >
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I'm going to check this out more later today.

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 5 on 4/27/2009 3:55 PM >
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That first pic looks definitely kayak-accessible, seems like typical high tide doesn't flood it completely.

The best part about drain boating is the looks on people's faces when you come out!
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How about the upper end, is there an infall or does it tree-branch down into smaller and smaller pipes? I know some cities in that area have public works GIS servers with drain data available.

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 6 on 5/18/2009 9:18 PM >
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Okay, so if you're interested in the twin-96ers, definitely check out
http://cms.cityoft...lan%2011-15-05.pdf
and
http://www.epa.gov...es/oec/asource.pdf

Other interesting "major" drains in the Tacoma area that you can pull up info on would be the 230, 235, 248/253 and the 254 (the twins, aka 237A and 237B, notwithstanding).

Havent been there yet, but its likely that the outfalls are located near E Dock St, at the southern end of the TF waterway.

The drains collect stormwater from South Tacoma/Nalley Valley area as well as the Portland Avenue area, including I-5.

Because of this, there is a good chance that the drains still contain residual contamination from chemicals such as PCBs, HPAHs, pesticides, and other fun carcinogens, so precautions such as waterproof clothing, etc. are advised if you plan on going in (unless you're a republican, then go for it. You've probably built up a natural immunity by now anyway).

More detailed information (some publically accessible, some not), can be obtained by contacting the following source control project managers:

At Ecology
Dave Smith .......................... (360) 407-6250
Manager, Urban Bay Action Team (Commencement Bay)

At EPA
Kris Flint .......................... (206) 553-8155
Remedial Project Manager for Source Control

Christine Psyk ...................... (206) 553-1748
Remedial Project Manager for Thea Foss/Wheeler Osgood Waterway

At City of Tacoma
Mary Henley ......................... (253) 502-2113
Manager of the Superfund Pre-Remedial Design Work

Community and Economic Development Department
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(253) 591-5365
www.cityoftacoma.org


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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 7 on 5/18/2009 10:11 PM >
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that's some good info, nice work.

when it dries out later this summer we should get on this

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 8 on 5/19/2009 3:46 PM >
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Posted by jbtxk
that's some good info, nice work.

when it dries out later this summer we should get on this


count myself and phaeax in as well

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 9 on 5/20/2009 12:09 AM >
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are we allowing phone numbers to be shown in this thread? Doesn't that go against the contact info stuff we cover in the TOS...?

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 10 on 5/24/2009 6:20 PM >
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Posted by RailGuy88
are we allowing phone numbers to be shown in this thread? Doesn't that go against the contact info stuff we cover in the TOS...?

I'm pretty sure those rules apply only to members.

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Re: Draining in tacoma
<Reply # 11 on 7/31/2009 4:15 PM >
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Okay, so I broke my leg on the 11th and just started walking again yesterday. When I am fully healed I am hitting the drains as soon as possible before it starts raining. I checked it out as much as much as my current condition allowed, and they are definitely right under east dock street. Some climbing may be involved to access them, and I should be in the clear in a few weeks.

PS: Parking might be bitchy, I recommend Tacoma Dome Station and walking north north-west towards the waterway, mind the train tracks.

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