Smith Island Estuarine Restoration – Construction

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

Snohomish County completed construction of the Smith Island Estuarine Restoration project, reestablishing estuarine tidal marsh conditions to more than 300 acres of the Snohomish River estuary, northeast of Everett, WA, for the benefit of ESA-listed species including Chinook, Steelhead and Bull Trout. Restoration work highlights included: construction of a mile-long setback dike to protect adjacent agricultural properties, WA Interstate-5, and Everett Waste Water Treatment Plant infrastructure, reconnection of more than 3-1/2 miles of tidal channels to Union Slough, filling a mile of linear ditches to prevent fish stranding, installing 42 wood structures; and returning tidal inundation by breaching nearly a mile of relic dike. In addition to reestablishing critical salmon rearing habitat, this project provides opportunities for passive recreation, including non-motorized boat access, wildlife viewing, picnicking, and walking along the City of Everett levee-top trail to the south of the project area. This project has achieved more than 25% of the 10-year estuary restoration benchmark set with the 2005 Snohomish River Basin Salmon Conservation Plan. Project information and video of the August 2018 remnant dike breach that returned tidal inundation to the site for the first time in 85 years is available at:

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Snohomish County of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $3,043,884.00 Applicant Match: $708,801.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Snohomish Legislative District: 38 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 09-1279

Location Details

Use the address above for navigation, or follow these directions: From I-5 north, take the East Marine View Drive exit (#195); veer left at the end of the exit ramp. Follow East Marine View Drive north to its intersection with SR 529. Follow the left turn lane to the 529 access. Cross the Snohomish River, and turn right at the first exit, following signs to Langus Riverfront Park and Spencer Island. After turning right, turn right immediately and follow the frontage road south to a 3-way intersection. Turn left, and follow the road past Dagmar’s Landing (a dry dock moorage area.) Shortly after Dagmar’s Landing, the road forks. Follow the road (12th St.) to the left (east) over an overpass crossing Interstate 5. Public parking and non-motorized boat access are located at the eastern end of 12th Street NE.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.