The City of Edmonds will receive a $200,000 state grant to continue studying the feasibility of opening up — or daylighting — Willow Creek to improve habitat for salmon.
The grant is from the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund (PSAR), through the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation office’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board. It’s part of more than $42 million given to organizations around the state for projects that restore and protect salmon habitat. You can find more information about the grant program here.
The city will use the grant to complete the feasibility study for a project to improve the connection of Edmonds Marsh to Puget Sound through Willow Creek, which currently flows through a system of buried pipes and vaults built in the 1960s. Restoring an open channel connection from the marsh to Puget Sound will give salmon access to the marsh for rearing.
Edmonds Marsh is a 32-acre remnant of a historical, 100-plus-acre estuary and marsh complex located a short distance from downtown Edmonds. The creek is used by Chinook salmon, which are listed as threatened with the risk of extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The City of Edmonds will contribute $35,300 in donations of labor for the feasibility phase plus additional funding to move the project into the permitting and design phases.
You can learn more about the Willow Creek issue and how it affects the marsh in our earlier story here.