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Our shorelines are not where they used to be | History Files


Last updated 3/26/2022 at 12:50pm

Brian Soergel

Reed Lake is now piled-up dirt. It was located near 196th Street SW and 76th Avenue West in Lynnwood.

An Edmonds birdwatcher mentioned to me that there didn't seem to be any grebes around. The grebe has always been a very common bird. On any given day he might see hundreds.

A few days later I went to a program at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. There on the shore of Mercer Slough, it is possible to reckon where the shore of Lake Washington was located when the lake was 9 feet higher before the Ship Canal in Seattle was built.

The water-filled areas of the slough were once 9 feet deeper, and much more area was covered by water than is now. The area that is now...

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