Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nisqually River Delta

The Nisqually Delta, already one of the most intact in the Puget Sound area is getting a lift. A 12 year 12 million dollar project to create the Nisqually River National Wildlife refuge is wrapping up and will give the river access to almost all of its historic delta. The project is of major significance because of the importance of estuary habitat for both Chinook and Chum salmon juveniles. In the Puget Sound area where urban development, agriculture and other land use changes have left most deltas dyked, the Nisqually presents a unique opportunity to see estuarine habitat functioning much as it would have historically. See an article in the Seattle Times

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