WWU students visit Edmonds Marsh as part of Sustainable Cities Partnership

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling welcomed a group of eager Western Washington University students and professors at the Edmonds Marsh Saturday morning as they embark on a series of projects to help restore and enhance the marsh environment.

“This is all part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership between the City of Edmonds and WWU,” explained consultant Keeley O’Connell, who is overseeing the project for the city. “The agreement provides for students and professors to partner with the city to identify and work on an array of sustainability projects.  It’s a great opportunity for both parties. The students get hands-on experience with real issues, and the city gets the benefits of enhanced sustainability.”

At present there are approximately 11 student groups working on various sustainability-enhancing initiatives. Marsh-related projects address re-vegetation, stormwater and flood control, boardwalk enhancement, interpretive materials, community engagement and more. Other non-marsh-related projects include GIS mapping of the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, advancing the Fourth Avenue Arts Corridor and developing a downtown walking tour smart phone app.

“This partnership is a great step toward moving sustainability forward in Edmonds,” said Mayor Earling as he welcomed the group. “I and the citizens of Edmonds really appreciate your work and dedication.”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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