In June of 2018, the Tulalip Tribes and the City of Snohomish finalized an agreement to work together to restore the Pilchuck River. The City of Snohomish owns a diversion dam located southeast of the City of Granite Falls on the Pilchuck River. This diversion structure was previously operated for city drinking water withdrawals, but is no longer in use. The dam is a barrier to iconic and culturally important fish species that live in the river including Chinook salmon, Coho salmon and Steelhead. Dam removal will restore natural river conditions with mutual benefits to fish, Tulalip, the City of Snohomish and other stakeholders in the area.
The Pilchuck River is a culturally and environmentally important watershed for salmon and other species. The Tulalip Tribes work to protect and perpetuate the salmon and other resources their people have depended on for thousands of years. This includes both on the reservation, and within historic territories such as the Pilchuck River watershed where Tulalip retains fishing, hunting and other rights along with deep cultural connections.