Group volunteers are tackling the “motherlode” of invasive bittersweet nightshade within the Edmonds Marsh alongside Freeway 104.
As volunteers manually pull the nightshade vines off the bushes, chain-link fence and out of the mud, they’re shortly surrounded by creek water that has been blocked for a few years by the overgrown thicket of nightshade. Wooden pallet “trails” are getting used to forestall volunteers from sinking deep within the water/mud areas as they forge by restoring the Edmonds Marsh space on the west facet of Freeway 104 north of the pedestrian sign.
That is the second season of volunteer work beneath an “Undertake-A-Freeway” Panorama Settlement with the Washington State Division of Transportation (WSDOT). It permits volunteers to take away chain-link fencing and bittersweet nightshade which have broken the wetland vegetation and blocked altered freshwater flows from Shellabarger Creek into the Edmonds Marsh-Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary.
In the course of the first season of labor, in 2021, volunteers efficiently reopened the Shellabarger Creek channel on the east facet of Freeway 104. This 12 months’s work is concentrated on opening freshwater circulate on the west facet of Freeway 104 and stopping the nightshade overgrowth from killing extra bushes.
Edmonds-Woodway Excessive College college students have been elated to seek out vital enhancements in water high quality this month — particularly dissolved oxygen — within the areas cleared of nightshade. These college students conduct month-to-month water high quality testing with the Edmonds Stream Staff in the entire streams and wetlands in Edmonds. It was the scholars’ knowledge that demonstrated the issues attributable to the nightshade thickets on the fence alongside Freeway 104, thus resulting in the WSDOT settlement.
Group members involved in volunteering between now and Sept. 15 to assist with this marsh restoration undertaking ought to contact Joe Scordino at firstname.lastname@example.org for particulars and to register as a WSDOT volunteer.
Upcoming volunteer occasions are scheduled for September 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 16. The worksite is on the west facet of Freeway 104 simply north of the pedestrian crossing sign.
— Story and images submitted by Joe Scordino
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