Puget Sound Innovation Stories

Smith Island

The Smith Island Estuary Restoration Project will benefit threatened salmon, restore ecological systems, and improve flood control and recreation across the region by:

  • Removing a historic levee, excavating channel networks, and installing wood placements to improve fish habitat
  • Constructing a state-of-the-art setback dike, drainage pond and pumping system to protect public and private infrastructure
  • Protecting a high-pressure natural gas pipeline serving thousands of western Washington homes and businesses

When completed in 2018, this $21 million construction project will:

  • Restore more than 300 acres of Puget Sound tidal wetland habitat and achieve 25 percent of the region’s ten-year target for estuary restoration
  • Increase resilience to a changing climate for more than $80 million worth of public infrastructure and private businesses
  • Support recovery of the threatened multi-million-dollar salmon fishing industry, and help sustain what is the main prey species of the endangered Puget Sound resident orca whale, a Northwest Washington icon

Funding Sources:

Construction is funded from nearly $16 million in state and federal grant programs, almost $3 million in local revenues, and from more than $2 million in compensatory mitigation agreement funds. Federal support is key to leveraging the other state, local and private funding for this project.

  • State grants – $11,794,000
  • Federal grants (c/o NOAA & US Fish and Wildlife Service) – $3,502,000
  • Compensatory mitigation (c/o BNSF & WSDOT) – $2,294,000
  • County and City of Everett cost-sharing – $3,511,000

Congressional district: 2


  • Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • City of Everett
  • Diking District 5
  • EPA
  • Local Integrating Organization
  • Marine Resources Committee
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • Port of Everett
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Puget Sound Partnership
    Snohomish County
  • Tulalip Tribes
  • WA Department of Ecology
  • WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • WA Department of Transportation
  • WA Recreation and Conservation Office
  • Williams NW Pipeline

Further questions? Think you can use this as inspiration for your own project? Please inquire with:

Aaron Kopp–Engineer for Snohomish County Public Works


More Info

Publish Date: May 17, 2017
Category: Estuaries | Salmon
Congressional Districts: Congressional Dist. 2
Counties: Snohomish