The Daily Herald reports on the Tulalip Tribes’ restoration of Coho Creek:

Ten years ago, Coho Creek was a drab, nameless, straight-as-an-arrow drainage ditch. Today, much of it is a meandering stream filled with salmon with a name to match.

The Tulalip Tribes began working in 2000 to transform the ditch, located behind Quil Ceda Village west of I-5, into a stream to which as many as 50 coho and 1,500 chum salmon have returned in a given year.

“The numbers are varying quite a bit but they’re going up,” (environmental division manager Kurt) Nelson said.

So far the tribes have spent about $1 million on the project. The tribes have gradually upgraded the stream over the past decade by removing or improving culverts, widening the stream and changing its course, adding spawn-friendly gravel and using logs to create small ponds.