Scene in Edmonds: The marsh, then and now

Edmonds resident Alan Mearns shared these  two very different photos of his daughter at the Edmonds Marsh– the one at the left taken 37 years ago and the one on the right taken Saturday, July 29. “The marsh is thriving, the oil tank farm is long gone, daughter is a paraeducator in Edmonds,” Mearns said. “We were greeted by a bald eagle and a great blue heron, as we were nearly four decades ago!”

  1. What a fantastic photo, Alan! Maybe it will inspire others to take their kids to the marsh. And maybe in a few years, with a lot of hard work and dedication, the marsh itself will have grown …. Into a true estuary. Thank you for sharing the photo.

  2. Thanks Alan, your side by side pictures do much to highlight the progress made in restoring the Marsh
    to its “natural ” state. I think these pictures, more than anything, show the importance of continuing the effort
    to re-establish the wonderful natural environment created and available to all of us.

    1. Wow ! Great pictures! We played in certain area’s of the marsh, way back in the early 50’s ! Thanks for the memories! John

  3. Years ago, this marsh was much backfilled to accommodate ferry parking, the city park, a four lane access to waterfront…the Health and tennis club, but today,encroachment is not allowed…..this is salmon breeding grounds….and a natural street pollution filter…it extends as far as the dog park east of the tracks…..a green blessing.

  4. A terrific photo, Alan! It shows how helping children discover the wonder and beauty of nature can nurture a rewarding, lifelong hobby. I hope sometime in the not-too-distant future we’ll see a child gazing in awe at salmon in the Marsh!

  5. This shows that the Marsh endures and that now is the time to get it fully protected with the Unocal land during the upcoming comprehensive plan update. Restoration can then proceed so we can continue to have such photos of a restored Marsh with salmon runs for generations to come.

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