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Japanese Gulch Fish Passage wins VISION 2040 Award

Left to right: Bill Lewallen, Snohomish County Airport; Stephanie Wright, Snohomish County Council; Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine; Patricia Love, City of Mukilteo; and Edmonds CC's Jean Hernandez and Thomas Murphy.

Read more about the project "Salmon return with creek project’s end" in the Mukilteo Beacon.

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SEATTLE — The City of Mukilteo, Paine Field Airport, and Edmonds Community College have won a 2012 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Improvement Project. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

The Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Improvement Project is the result of a partnership to eliminate fish barriers and daylight the Japanese Gulch Creek with the hopes of returning salmon to a stream as part of the environmental mitigation for Paine Field. During the project, the remnants of an early 1900s lumber worker community were found. Edmonds Community College joined the project to train students to remove historic artifacts as part of its anthropology and archaeology field training program.

“This project created an innovative model for multiple levels of government and civic interests working together to achieve community environmental, cultural and educational goals,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright, Chair of the VISION 2040 Awards Selection Committee.

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