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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR)

Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration

A Project of the Tulalip Tribes

In 1994, a Natural Resources Trustee Council, comprised of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Washington Department of Ecology, formed

Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Map of the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration area

to assess injury to natural resources from a now-closed landfill and designated Superfund cleanup site in the lower Snohomish Estuary.  In 1997, the Trustees developed a restoration plan that identified the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project as the highest priority for restoring the lost tidal wetlands.  The NRD settlement contributed funds for this 350-acre wetland restoration projects, but other funding sources and partnerships with the City of Marysville, National Resource Conservation Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers have also contributed to the completion of this project.  The Tulalip Tribes have provided the leadership and project coordination in the design and construction of this project, due to be completed in 2015. 

For more information see the website:

Levee breach Heavy equipment removing the levee to restore 350 acres of intertidal  habitat adjacent to Ebey Slough. Photo by D. Podger 8/2015.

The levee breach occurred in August 2015 to open more than 350 acres of tidal wetland habitat to benefit fish and waterfowl.  To watch a time lapse video of the breach see

NRDAR logo:  "Focus Resource Recovery"


NRDAR Focus Sheet - March 2014

NRDAR Coordination:
Donna Podger
(360) 407- 7016

Ecology NRDAR Contacts

Information on a NRDAR location can be viewed by  clicking on the yellow dot at left.