Scene in Edmonds: Restoring the Edmonds Marsh

Washington State Department of Transportation officials meet with community members at the Edmonds Marsh Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Joe Scordino)

Community members from Save Our Marsh, Edmonds Rotary Club, Edmonds Stream Team, Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery, and Edmonds City Councilmembers and candidates met with Washington State Department of Transportation representatives on Wednesday at the Marsh to discuss initiation of a community volunteer plan to restore wetland habitat and Shellabarger Creek flow into the Edmonds Marsh along Highway 104.

The community volunteer effort will involve removing fencing and invasive plants embedded in the fencing on both sides of Highway 104. The invasive plant called bittersweet nightshade also is overgrowing and killing the trees along Highway 104, and the plan is to address that and buffer enhancement in subsequent phases of this community restoration effort.  Joe Scordino is coordinating the effort and will be organizing community volunteers as the plan is solidified.

  1. Great meeting and yes, we can make it happen! We have done many community “landscaping” efforts in the past. There are many interested, including regional and state legislators, to restore our near-shore estuary and this is one small, but voluminous step, that citizens can work together on … thank you Joe!

  2. Please keep us informed as to when any volunteer work parties will take place. I would love to be involved.

  3. It is gratifying to know that according to the latest mailer from our State Reps, Strom Peterson, Lillian Ortiz-Self and and Marko Liias, the state legislature has provided Edmonds with $258,000 for work to restore the marsh. The mailer did not have other details but it may be in the form of a grant. Bottom line is we have some money to work with when it comes to the marsh restoral work. It appears this money can pay for the work described above.

  4. Excellent coordination effort with the WA Department of Transportation.. Thank you to everyone who met on-site.

    This was a recommendation by the Students Saving Salmon annual report to the Edmonds City Council. The recommendation was to remove the fencing and invasive species along SR104 in the Edmonds Marsh.

    Thanks to Joe Scordino who works with the Students Saving Salmon organization. You make it happen!

    Thanks also to Diane Buckshnis who is the Edmonds City Council representative to WRIA8 (Water Resource Inventory Atea 8)

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