Sustaining our Traditions and Culture
Sustaining our Traditions and Culture
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Sustaining our Traditions and Culture

Pilchuck River Dam

Restoring Connectivity in the Pilchuck River for Fish and People

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.

Pilchuck River Dam Story Map

To interact witht the Pilchuck River Story Map Community Update, click here

To view information about how you can get involved with monitoring and observing the river, click here

Pilchuck River Camera

Below you can view the most recent imagery from the Pilchuck River Dam (updated hourly). To see the full screen footage, click here.


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