Summary

The Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project has a plan, but doesn’t have funds! The project design relies on a road and a bridge, but sadly these are not a priority for the Washington State Department of Transportation. So, we need the Governor to ensure there’s funding in the next budget for this vital project, as restored estuary habitat will increase wild salmon, and so reduce the risk of extinction to endangered orcas.

Why it Matters

Duckabush estuary channels are blocked by dikes, fill, and infrastructure limiting wildlife habitat. By modifying local roads, and elevating the highway onto a bridge where freshwater from the Duckabush River meets with saltwater from the Hood Canal, the project reconnects the river to adjacent wetlands and floodplains, restoring habitat for Chinook, chum and forage fish, and improving water quality. A win-win for endangered salmon, and the orcas that depend on them for survival.

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Ask Gov. Inslee to unlock $60 million for Puget Sound habitat restoration in next year's budget, and get the Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project underway!
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Puget Sound restoration takes an army

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded a multi-year study to address how decades of human impacts to Puget Sound habitats could be reversed. From 500 locations, 36 key sites were identified, with 3 selected as priority for restoration: the Duckabush River Estuary, Nooksack River Delta, and North Fork Skagit River Delta with a proposed budget of $452 million: $300m federal + $152m from Washington State. Congress has since approved the federal spending for the Army Corps.

What's the process now?

Feasibility studies undertaken by the Army Corps and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), lead to a project design developed in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, but the project cannot proceed until state funding is approved to match the Corps funding, $1 state for every $2 federal. As the state prepares its 2022 budget, WDFW has requested $50m to move the Duckabush project forward.

A simple message of support for funding this project is needed.

What to Say

Use one of our suggested comments.Add your own words to make it unique and personal.

The Southern Resident killer whales are heading to extinction with insufficient Chinook salmon. Please appropriate funds next year for the Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project. It’s essential to restore these important salmon spawning habitats, and increase wild salmon for wild orcas and help to fulfill the commitments of your Orca Task Force.


I support the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and their proposals to restore the Duckabush River Estuary to ensure wild salmon can use this important habitat again. Restoring wild salmon is essential to prevent the extinction of the Southern Resident killer whales. I urge you to ensure funding is available for WDFW to partner with the Army Corps.

Funds authorized in 2016 by Congress to the Army Corps are essential to restoring Puget Sound habitat. However, this critical work cannot continue without state funding. Please provide the funds necessary for the Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project in next year’s budget and fulfill your commitments to saving salmon and endangered orcas before it’s too late.


As a Washington State resident, I wish to show my support  for the plans to restore the Duckabush Estuary, to bring wild salmon back to this habitat. As your Task Force showed, the Southern Resident killer whales rely on wild salmon from ecosystems like these. I urge you to ensure State funding is made available for WDFW to work with the Army Corps.

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