The Port purchased the Biringer Farm property in the early 90s to use as a wetland conservation area for projects.
Biringer Farm is located on North Spencer Island. It is bounded to the west by Interstate 5, to the north and east by Steamboat Slough, and to the south by Union Slough. The site was identified in the Snohomish Estuary Wetland Integration Plan (SEWIP) and in the Draft WRIA 7 Salmon Conservation Plan as an area of high potential value for estuarine salmon habitat restoration.
The Biringer Farm Conservation Bank project, now called Blue Heron Slough, would breach the existing dikes in one or more places and return the area into an intertidal marsh environment. Approximately 300 acres of freshwater wetlands and brackish marsh habitat would be created. The conservation bank would provide mitigation for Port projects elsewhere, as well as, provide credits to third parties. Under the policies of SEWIP and the SEWIP Salmon Overlay, use of this site as a conservation bank would result in a net increase in salmon habitat area and quality in the lower Snohomish Estuary.
The Port has negotiated a contract with Wildlands, and expects to convert the property back to its pre-developed state in 2014.