Now that we know the old UNOCAL property (owned by WSDOT) isn’t going to be used for a new ferry terminal, Edmonds residents need to work together to ensure that the property is put to good use. These 22 acres just south of the Edmonds Marsh could be made into a parking lot for a ferry holding area, it could have high density housing built on it, or it could become a wildlife sanctuary that extends the benefits of the Edmonds Marsh and brings back salmon.
Making this area into a wildlife sanctuary would have extensive benefits to our community and to our planet. Rather than paving it over and developing the area, we could use it to enhance the health of the marsh, as well as the 190 species of birds and the other wildlife that use it. Keeping the area as open space would also assist with the planned “daylighting” of Willow Creek, which has been determined to be necessary to the health of the marsh and of restoration of salmon in Puget Sound.
The result would not only be a valuable urban oasis of nature for Edmonds area residents; but also be a greater eco-tourist attraction, with accompanying economic benefits. The resulting greater health of the marsh could support salmon runs, with benefits for fishing and endangered salmon, as well as for the endangered Orcas. The few remaining saltwater estuaries such as the Edmonds Marsh play an important role in the general health of Puget Sound.
We have just until Oct. 25 to comment! Let the Washington Department of Transportation know what you think about this.
Let your voices be heard so that the long-term benefits, rather than short term gain, will be considered when the decision is made about this land. Comments can be made online at https://wsflongrangeplan.com/