Edmonds Marsh volunteer restoration project to resume this summer

Access tunnel into the wetland to allow removal of fencing and nightshade. (Photos courtesy Joe Scordino)

Community volunteers are preparing to resume habitat restoration work along Highway 104 this summer. The volunteer work, under an Adopt-A-Highway agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation, will continue last year’s successful effort to remove chain-link fencing and an invasive plant (bitter sweet nightshade) that have damaged the wetland and blocked freshwater flows into the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary.

The fence rail removed in preparation for removing chain link and nightshade to open up the wetland.

Over 40 sections of fence, intertwined with invasive nightshade, were removed last year in the vicinity of the culverts under Highway 104 that connect Shellabarger Creek with the Edmonds Marsh. Community volunteers’ efforts restored the creek channel so it could again flow under the highway into the marsh, rather than flooding the Dayton Street intersection in the winter. However, more fencing and thickets of nightshade remain on both sides of Highway 104. They need to be removed to allow natural circulation of water and prevent the spread of the invasive nightshade that damages wetlands by growing over native plants and trees.

A thicket of the invasive bitter-sweet nightshade along fence line that needs to be removed.

Specific dates for this summer’s volunteer work will be announced once the sites are prepared for access. Community members interested in volunteering should contact joe.scordino@yahoo.com. In contrast with last year, this summer’s effort will require all volunteers to work in the wetland, some of which is muddy and difficult to transverse.

— Submitted by Joe Scordino, Edmonds Stream Team project leader



  1. I’m hoping to help out again this year. Joe’s efforts and expertise, combined with his excellent people skills are an inspiring and productive combination.

  2. This is a wonderful community event that is helping restore our Marsh (both east side and west) and fun as long as we all understand our physical limitations. Now, that we have WSDOT’s ear, maybe it’s time to see if we can get Edmonds on their culvert replacement list. Information can be found by watching the last Lake Ballinger Forum (found on the Mountlake Terrace website or https://www.cityofmlt.com/488/Lake-Ballinger-McAleer-Creek-Watershed-F ) as to how it was planned and processed. Culvert replacement is narrowly defined and our culverts seem to fall into those parameters.

    I hope to see you this summer and I appreciate all the volunteering and educational mentoring that Joe Scordino has done for the Students Saving Salmon and Edmonds Stream Team and citizens of this wonderful town.

  3. I submitted a comment this morning but I don’t see it yet so I am wondering if it is still being vetted or if I didn’t submit it properly. (Not sure what time it was when I clicked the submit button.)

  4. Joe,
    I sent your request out to the members of the Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds. Hopefully we can get you several more volunteers. Also, I am in possession of several pair of waders that the members have donated for use in this project. Let me know where and when I can deliver them to you. Keep up the great work!

    Randal White, Conservation Chair, Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds

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