Every fall, Chinook salmon find their way home up Western Washington’s Skagit River, where they spawn a new generation of these iconic fish. In the spring, juvenile salmon are swooshed down the fast-flowing river out to Puget Sound.
The Fisher Slough restoration project created a new rest-stop on this salmon highway, a place where these finger-sized fish can pull over, rest, feed and get bigger and stronger so they’ll survive the predators that face them out in the vast waters of the Sound. At the same time, this restoration project replaces antiquated diking and drainage infrastructure and improves floodwater storage for the local community.
This seven-year project was completed in October 2011. Kick-started by a private donor, this project was made possible by a $5.2 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Your continued support will help us to achieve even more conservation milestones, protecting nature in Washington and beyond.
Explore Fisher Slough
Download our NOAA fact sheet that showcases Fisher Slough's restoration achievements and post-restoration results!
A stimulus-funded restoration project at Fisher Slough is helping salmon and uniting farmers, conservationists and tribes.
Children from Conway Middle School help the Nature Conservancy plant trees at Fisher Slough.
Conservancy staff celebrate the Fisher Slough project.
A generous donation kick-started our work at Fisher Slough.
Hard hats are required at Fisher Slough. Find out why.
Aquatic scientist Amanda Wrona Meadows visits Fisher Slough.
Watch a KING 5 News report on our Fisher Slough project.
Fisher Slough is all about protecting salmon, an endangered species that just happens to be good to eat.
Kevin Morse says Fisher Slough is a "caring for community" project.
In 2009, the Conservancy Project received economic stimulus funding to restore Fisher Slough.