From Mud to Marina

p2 10 thumbThe shallow bay nestled behind Cap Sante headland was once a backwater of sand and mud, where logs were boomed and families dug clams. After years of lobbying by marine interests, the waterway was widened, basin dredged, and shoreline armored.

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Tracking Geologic Clues

p2 6 fossil thumbFidalgo Island originated beneath the ocean as layers of the earth’s crust. Moving ocean plates transported the crust, thrust it against the continent, and eventually uplifted and eroded it. Such slices of uplifted oceanic crust—found at the edges of many continents—are called ophiolites.

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Sustainable Design

p2 3 stormwater capture thumbSustainable design at the Marine Technology Center values the natural environment as an integral part of the local marine ecosystem and economy. The building's focus on sustainability is helping to protect Fidalgo Bay, which is threatened by environmental impacts from air and water pollution.

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Cap Sante Waterfront

p2 5 clean green thumbPlanning for the new millennium, the Port of Anacortes dared to dream BIG. It envisioned a revitalized Cap Sante waterfront as a world-class boating and tourist destination built around a modern marina and waterfront park.

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Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve

6-1-salmonIn 1999, Skagit Land Trust acquired the area south of the railroad trestle (behind you) and, in 2006, some of the area north of the trestle. These lands were then gifted to the state for DNR to manage. The land trust holds a conservation easement on the land to ensure that it is managed primarily to preserve habitat for fish and wildlife. 

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Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve

6-2-nourishmentMarch Point is the site of an important restoration project that took place in 2010. The goal of the project: restore the beach to support habitat for spawning forage fish. Forage fish‹such as surf smelt and Pacific sand lance‹are a critical food source for marine birds, salmon, and other large marine predators.

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Information on this Trail Tales website was prepared under funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Public Participation Grant Program. While the information was reviewed for grant consistency and accuracy of project references, this does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the Department.

Learn more about Ecology’s Anacortes Baywide Cleanup

Photo credits: Anacortes History Museum, Washington state Dept. of Ecology, Samish Indian Nation and others, as noted. Illustrations by Linda Feltner.