Qwuloolt Restoration

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The Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project is a partnership of tribal, city, state and federal agencies aimed at restoring a critical tidal wetland in the Snohomish River estuary. The Qwuloolt Estuary is located within the Snohomish River floodplain approximately three miles upstream from its outlet to Puget Sound and within the Marysville City limits.

Historically, the area was tidal marsh and forest scrub-shrub habitat, interlaced by tidal channels, mudflats, and streams. The project area was cut off from the natural influences of the river and tides by levees, drained by ditches instead of stream channels, and stripped of its native vegetation. At acquisition it was known as the Portinga Farm, an old dairy. Through the cooperation of its many partners the first tidal flood was restored on the afternoon of August 28, 2015.