Be like a Beaver: Wood Grade Control Structures at the Skagit Environmental Bank have been installed.


The Skagit Environmental Bank is a wetland mitigation bank located in Skagit County, Washington. Mark Merkelbach helped to design and permit this project. This bank provides wetland mitigation credits to compensate for adverse wetland impacts in the lower Skagit River service area. A series of channel spanning wood grade control structures were installed to raise the creek bed elevation to reconnect the creek to the floodplain in order to support wetland vegetation. Decades of land practices that included channel straightening had reduced localized flooding. These big boy beaver dams will help restore natural floodplain hydrology. Hopefully one day, beavers will add to these structures!