Tulalip Tribes plan estuary restoration

Everett Herald:

The Tulalip Tribes wants to reverse the tide of dike-building on the Snohomish River delta.

The tribe and its federal, state and local partners would like to hear from the public about a plan to breach some of those dikes and reclaim the estuary.

Loggers, farmers and industry built the dikes to dry out all but 17 percent of the estuary, according to the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project.

Qwuloolt means “great marsh” in Lushootseed, the native language of the area.

The project would let the tides reclaim some of that once-sizable marsh for young salmon, wildlife and plants. To do so, the project partners want to spend up to $4 million to remove large sections of dike, plus four tide gates, on the northeast side of Ebey Slough.