Everett and Mukilteo Nearshore

In the late 1800s, the railroad brought economic opportunity to the Puget Sound cities of Everett and Mukilteo. But railroad construction along the marine shoreline also had a downside. It cut off the cities’ beaches from the sandy bluffs that feed them. Over the years, this caused significant habitat damage, including greatly diminishing beach habitat where bait fish used to lay their eggs and shallow shoreline where young salmon could avoid deeper water predators. Without beaches of the right size of sand and gravel, bait fish can’t lay their eggs—and without bait fish, orca, seals, birds, salmon, and other marine animals lose the food upon which they depend.

To improve the situation and help recover shoreline habitat, Snohomish County undertook a project to replenish the beach between Mukilteo and Everett by placing 22,156 tons of sandy sediment at five locations. Over time, tides and currents will distribute the material along the shoreline, improving the beaches and making them more attractive to bait fish laying their eggs, young salmon, and people too.

Snohomish County also worked with the City of Everett and the Port of Everett to remove a seawall at Howarth Park and increase the useable beach area by more than 120 feet—a big benefit for people, as well as for the environment.

Funding Sources:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund
  • Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Congressional District: 2


  • Snohomish County
  • Snohomish Marine Resources Committee
  • City of Everett
  • Port of Everett
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Salmon Recovery Funding Board
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tulalip Tribes
  • City of Mukilteo
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Anchor QEA
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Everett Muk - Drone Photo of Howarth Park

Further questions? Think you can use this as inspiration for your own project? Please inquire with:

Elisa Dawson–Senior Planner for Snohomish County Public Works


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