On Saturday, Oct. 4, a group of more than 50 participants met in the boardwalk area by the Edmonds Marsh to hear EarthCorps Restoration Ecologist Keeley O’Connell and Tulalip Tribes Marine and Nearshore Program Manager Todd Zackey talk about the history of the marsh, how it has changed over the years, and what needs to be done to restore it as a breeding area for native salmon populations.
The tour focused on restoring Willow Creek, the natural link between the marsh and Puget Sound. Originally a free-flowing creek, it now enters a 1,400-foot underground culvert as it leaves the marsh, emerging underwater in Puget Sound 10 feet below mean low tide. This effectively blocks salmon from returning. Tour participants learned about the options being considered to daylight Willow Creek, which would allow wild salmon to once again spawn in the Edmonds Marsh and the streams that feed it.
If you missed the tour, you can watch the video on My Edmonds News TV here.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel