Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project of the Tulalip Tribes - Cattails


The Qwuloolt Estuary is located within the Snohomish River floodplain, approximately three miles upstream from its outlet to Puget Sound and within Marysville city limits.

Historically, the area was tidal marsh and forest scrub-shrub habitat, interlaced by tidal channels, mudflats and streams. The project area is cut off from the natural influences of the Snohomish River and Salish Sea tides by levees, drained by ditches instead of stream channels, and characterized by a monoculture of invasive reed canary grass instead of native shrubs and grasses. Through the cooperation of its many partners, this project will return the historic and natural influences of the river and tides to the Qwuloolt.

Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project of the Tulalip Tribes - Frog
Qwuloolt Estuary webcam image link


Through a collaboration of staff and resources from the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Tulalip Tribes, a webcam was installed across from the center of the levee breach on Ebey Slough during the week prior to the breach that occurred on August 28, 2015. The webcam has already provided invaluable quantitative and qualitative scientific data for analyses of patterns before, during, and after estuarine restoration, and has proved as important in public education and outreach. We look forward to the further evolution of Qwuloolt as it progresses towards further restoration, and the understanding gained through the continued operation of this webcam. We anticipate the installation of other webcams along the perimeter of the site, which will be dependent on available and future resources. We encourage you to explore the Qwuloolt site of tidal reconnection through this dynamic resource and gain your own personal understanding of the project.