2006 Washington Department of Ecology oblique showing the project site.
2006 Washington Department of Ecology oblique showing the project site.

 

This project will complete a feasibility study and prepare preliminary designs for opportunities to restore pocket estuary habitat for fry migrant Chinook salmon on the north end of Similk Bay through the restoration of connectivity to an historic salt marsh/lagoon complex currently isolated by a Skagit County road and berm. The feasibility study will guide the best approach for restoring a salt marsh complex and/or barrier lagoon. The Swinomish Tribe purchased the Swinomish Links Golf Course and the adjacent beachfront parcels in 2013. This project site includes approximately 17 acres of wetland and approximately 2.5 acres of nearshore gravel beach to south of the County road. The preliminary design would identify the preferred alternative to reconnect the inlet, to construct a set-back berm and to restore the pocket estuary.

Beach wrack and tide flats adjacent to the project site.
Existing drainage within the project site and residences to the west.
Existing drainage within the project site and residences to the west.

 

Project Status/Timeline
The feasibility study is underway and will be completed in 2016.

Primary Project Contact
Steve Hinton – Director of Restoration

Funding Sources
PSAR – Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration

Project Partners
Skagit County
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Swinomish Links Golf Course