Saving the marsh: Extinction is forever | Guest View

By Laurie Sorenson | Dec 21, 2018
Laurie Sorenson

The Edmonds City Council did the right thing in funding the Edmonds Marsh restoration project.

It is imperative and urgent that this funding and impetus happen now, while we still have salmon and orcas in the waters of Puget Sound. The council, mayor and staff worked hard and made difficult decisions to move this project forward.

This is important funding for the city to have if we are to advance this project and request grant funds from other sources.

We can argue about the budget for building projects or parks or bridges, but none of those projects will likely have as much impact on the health of our environment as restoring our little marsh. It is a legacy that we, as the people, will leave.

The Edmonds Marsh is located within Washington state’s Water Resources Inventory Area 8, which is home to three populations of chinook salmon, “all of which are at high risk of extinction,” according to an extensive Ecological Restoration Report on the Edmonds Marsh researched by faculty and staff from Western Washington University as a part of their Sustainable Communities Partnership with the City of Edmonds.

Extinction is forever.

We have a moral responsibility to restore the degradation that we have done to our environment.

It does no good to point fingers of blame at the people who, in our lifetime, essentially killed the marsh by significantly reducing its size, polluting the land and water with oil tanks and petrochemicals, and cutting the natural flow of water off from Puget Sound.

Through the city’s Edmonds Marsh daylighting project, we can now begin to restore the marsh to a functioning estuary so that it can help raise salmon that can feed the orcas.

Thank you City Council, mayor and excellent staff.

Many people feel depressed about what is happening to the environment, and they feel that there is not much they can do to help out on a large scale. Restoring the Edmonds Marsh is something we can do.

There is an urgency to do it now, before our salmon and orcas die and before all of the available Washington shoreline is consumed by development.

This is our opportunity as a people to do the right thing for the environment. If you would like to help out, you can send a tax-deductible contribution to:

Edmonds Marsh Restoration and Preservation Fund
Edmonds Parks Department
700 Main Street Edmonds, WA 98020


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