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Salmon Habitat in Everett, Washington, Development to be Protected

In April 2004, Earthjustice announced a settlement between Pilchuck Audubon Society, Washington Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and the City of Everett, Washington, in a case over development along the banks of the Snohomish River. The conservation groups initially brought a lawsuit in 2001 that halted the 41st Street Overcrossing Project because it threatened to harm Puget Sound chinook salmon by destroying estuary habitat vital for their survival.

Through this settlement and a prior agreement with the Tulalip Tribes, the city must

1) ensure that development near salmon habitat includes buffers to prevent runoff that could contaminate the river,

2) conduct a habitat enhancement study examining ways to restore wetlands in the area,

3) create a citizen's advisory group to participate in the habitat enhancement study,

4) and monitor storm water in the project area for specific harmful pollutants.