Restoration of Puget Sound Estuaries
Over three-quarters of the tidal wetlands in Puget Sound river deltas have been lost to agricultural and industrial developments.
Indicator Lead: Jay Krienitz, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife; Alex Mitchell, Stacy Vynne, and Stephanie Suter, Puget Sound Partnership
Data last updated on October 31, 2016
Photo Credit: Russ McMillian

Importance to Puget Sound recovery

River delta estuaries form where river floodplains meet the sea, creating a unique and important environment where freshwater mixes with salt water and sediments collect. Estuaries are home to a diverse array of specially adapted plants and animals, which take advantage of the fertility there, moving in and out with the tides.

Estuaries provide important feeding and resting habitat for young salmon, migratory birds, and many other species that cannot find these unique benefits in any other place in our landscape. Young salmon that spend time in delta estuaries grow faster and are more likely to survive their ocean migration.

What you can do

  1. Volunteer to participate in conservation and restoration work related to estuary ecosystems in your watershed or local area. Restore America's Estuaries lists volunteer opportunities.
  2. Find out where your nearest estuary is, learn more about estuary ecosystems, and teach others.

What our partners are doing

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Links for more information

Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program

Salish Sea Restoration Wiki

Washington State Salmon Recovery

Salmon in Puget Sound Shorelines

Puget Sound Estuaries

Results Washington Estuaries Findings

Results Washington Estuaries Report