Blue Heron Slough
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Blue Heron Slough

In 2019, the Port of Everett reached a momentous and comprehensive agreement with the Port Gardner Bay Trustees to invest in and restore 353 acres of salmon habitat at Blue Heron Slough located in the tidelands between north Everett and south Marysville.

The project started grabbing the attention of many I-5 travelers as a “mys
tery mound” began to form on the east side of the freeway late last year. The mound represents a protective dike constructed in an effort to create various channels and tidal areas to make up the critical habitat environment.

Port partner Wildlands and
contractor Dungeness continue to focus on major earth work with the goal of completing all the interior earth work in preparation of breaching of the old agricultural dikes in 2021 to finish development of the wetland. The project doubles as a mitigation bank to expedite economic development in our region.

To date, project work has
included about 25 percent of the channel excavation, representing approximately 3 miles of the more than 9 miles of intertidal channels excavated so far, and  the protective dike paralleling I-5 is approximately 75 percent complete.