Blue Heron Slough
The project started grabbing the attention of many I-5 travelers as a “mystery mound” began to form on the east side of the freeway late last year. The mound represents a protective dike constructed in an effort to create various channels and tidal areas to make up the critical habitat environment.
Port partner Wildlands and contractor Dungeness continue to focus on major earth work with the goal of completing all the interior earth work in preparation of breaching of the old agricultural dikes in 2021 to finish development of the wetland. The project doubles as a mitigation bank to expedite economic development in our region.
To date, project work has included about 25 percent of the channel excavation, representing approximately 3 miles of the more than 9 miles of intertidal channels excavated so far, and the protective dike paralleling I-5 is approximately 75 percent complete.