Facts About the Port

Edmonds Marsh – City and Port Ownership & Boundary Map

This is a map of the Edmonds Marsh. The City of Edmonds owns the highlighted green portion – the majority, while the Port of Edmonds property borders the northeast section – indicated by the red border line. (Click the icon or title to view the PDF)

March 25th, 2016 Washington Dept. of Ecology Memo

This letter from the Washington State Department of Ecology answers three concerns raised by several individuals and organizations concerned with the health of the Marsh and the scientific merit of the WDOE information. (Click the icon or title to view the PDF)
Concerns addressed
  • “Ecology’s December 11th, 2015 memorandum to Shane Hope (City of Edmonds) lacks scientific merit and is not BAS (Best Available Science).”
  • The Memo suggests the Edmonds Marsh be downgraded to a Category II wetland.
  • The Edmonds buffer should be reduced to below the state prescribed standard buffer.
DOE addresses these concerns with documentation and graphic/maps.

December 11, 2015 letter from the Washington State Department of Ecology

This memo was directed to Shane Hope, Dir. City of Edmonds Development Services concerning the Edmonds Marsh Shoreline Summary. (Click the icon or title to view the PDF)
  • Why the Edmonds Marsh should also be classified as a “shoreline of the state.”
  • That there are “virtually no intact habitat corridors linking the marsh to other large blocks of habitat which limits access for large mammals…and the habitat suitability as breeding habitat for large birds such as raptors.”
  • That “the ongoing discharge of inadequatel treated storm water to Edmonds Marsh, as well as Puget Sound… is currently the greatest ecological threat to the marsh.”
  • Discussion of adequate buffer size and “densely  planted strip of trees and shrubs along marsh.

April 2, 2017 letter from The Tulalip Tribes to the Edmonds City Council

(Click the icon or title to view the PDF)

Issues addressed in this letter include:

  • Discussion of how the importance of daylighting Willow Creek and the reintroduction of natural tidal flow to the Edmonds marsh are critical components to salmon recovery.
  • The major ecological impacts to the health of the marsh come from its restricted hydrologic connection to the Sound, untreated or limited treatment of storm water and runoff – just increasing buffers would not be enough.
  • Creating inflexible buffers would be counter-productive to the desire to improve the health of the marsh for several reasons.

These charts and graphs show financial information about the Port of Edmonds. Click on any of the images to view a larger version of each chart/graph.