Volunteers making progress on Edmonds Marsh restoration

Community volunteers and Students Saving Salmon club members made progress Thursday in removing invasive nightshade thickets and several sections of fence in the marsh along Highway 104. Volunteers got creative in putting the fence rails and chainlink down over cleared areas to make it easier to walk across wet areas and thick mud.

Volunteers are removing the fence and nightshade under a Washington State Department of Transportation “Adopt-A-Highway” program to allow creek water to circulate into the marsh to improve water quality and water temperatures, and to allow fish passage.

There is still much work to be done, volunteer coordinator Joe Scordino said. The next (of many) volunteer work parties is scheduled for next Thursday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon along the east side of Highway 104 just north of Edmonds City Park, and on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon on the west side of Highway 104.  Contact  joe.scordino@yahoo.com if you want to volunteer to help.

  1. I saw an article earlier in the week in My Edmonds News with Joe Scordino’s email address. I reached out and am very glad I did. This was my first time volunteering for an important project like this.
    Joe has a wealth of knowledge on marshland and habitat restoration. He is passionate about making a difference. His direction and organization is really making it happen. Joe is doing all this as a volunteer himself.
    This work will eventually help restore water flow from east side of Highway 104 to the west. It will help restore critical salmon habitat lost to lack of maintenance, and will also help reduce stormwater flooding on Dayton near the sewage treatment plant to the north.
    If you have the time and don’t mind a little hard work, consider volunteering yourself. I’ll be back!

  2. Thank you Joe Scordino for coordinating this project, and for all your time you give to our community!

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