SRSC Restoration Ecologist Brenda Clifton surveys the site prior to restoration of tidal inundation.
SRSC Restoration Ecologist Brenda Clifton surveys the site prior to restoration of tidal inundation.

In 2009, the Rawlins Road Dike Removal project was implemented to improve habitat connectivity and capacity and to restore tidal flow across the intertidal salt marsh surface. This was accomplished through the removal of a spur dike that extended into the Skagit Bay marsh fringe at the terminus of Rawlins Road, on Fir Island. The material removed from the spur dike was incorporated into an adjacent functional dike serving the Skagit County Consolidated Diking District No. 22 and providing the District protection from salt water inundation during storms and high tides. In addition, the project removed an obsolete culvert, tide gate, and trash box.

Project Status/Timeline
This project was completed in the fall of 2009.

Primary Project Contact
Nora Kammer –Restoration Ecologist

Funding Sources

Project Partners

Skagit County Consolidated Diking District No. 22

The spur dike that was removed is located just to the left of the shrubs on the top left edge of the photo.  The culvert, tidegate, and trash rack shown in the foreground were also removed as part of the project.
The spur dike that was removed is located just to the left of the shrubs on the top left edge of the photo. The culvert, tidegate, and trash rack shown in the foreground were also removed as part of the project.