Nearshore Beach Restoration Construction Begins
On June 14th 2016, construction crews broke ground for the Nearshore Beach Restoration Project at Howarth Park. The restoration efforts include removing the bulkhead on the beach, as well as restoring and regrading the beach to restore habitat. Additionally, Beach Nourishment will take place at three nourishment sites between Everett and Mukilteo. This work will benefit juvenile salmon and forage fish by supplementing the nearshore habitat with finer sediment and improve the riparian habitat along the beach. This beach nourishment will provide the public more usable beach at high tide. The MRC captured some of the first work on the site. Watch the nearshore restoration project, a barge unloading sediment onto the beach, and our time lapse video.
Update on Howarth Park Pedestrian Bridge
Construction on the new pedestrian bridge in Howarth Park will begin on Monday, July 25th 2016. The crew will first work on renovating the part of the bridge that does not cross the train tracks, and then will start work above the tracks in conjunction with BNSF Flaggers. The project will repair structural issues with the bridge that have rendered it unsafe for pedestrian use. Construction is estimated to be finished and the Park ready for public use in September.
What's New at Snohomish County MRC
MRC Annual Summary Presentation for Snohomish County Council
On March 1, 2016, MRC Chair Franchesca Perez and MRC Staff Kathleen Herrmann provided Snohomish County Council with a summary of the work achieved in 2015. Some of the highlights in MRC accomplishments of 2015 included:
- Nearshore Beach Restoration
- Port Susan Bulkhead Removal Phase 1
- Meadowdale Feasibility Study
- Policy and Behavior Change Strategies to Prevent Crab Pot Loss
- Oil Spill Preparedness
A full summary of the accomplishments and efforts of the MRC in 2015 is included in the Annual Report
To watch the MRC presentation to County Council, click here
Living Shorelines Video from Restore America's Estuaries
Restore America's Estuaries has released a video on living shorelines. 'Living shorelines' is a term used to describe shoreline protection options which incorporate natural elements. The use of gravel, sand, plants, and large woody debris can create an effective way to protect against shoreline erosion and create new habitat. The video highlights Puget Sound, and goes in-depth on different effects and benefits of living shorelines. The video spotlights Snohomish County MRC member, Keeley O'Connell! Watch the video here
Education & Outreach
Next Committee Meeting
Date: There will be no July MRC meeting. The next meeting will be held on August 17, 2016 by invitation only.
Contact Kathleen Herrmann for more information.
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