Skagit Wildlife Area
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) owns the entirety of Leque Island, aside from road right-of-ways controlled by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Snohomish County. The portion of the island south of Highway 532 is approximately 250 acres in size and is currently isolated from tidal inundation with perimeter dikes built in the early 1900’s. The perimeter dikes are in a state of disrepair, and high tides combined with storm events have caused the dikes to be breached multiple times; most recently in 2010. The breached sections of dike have been temporarily repaired. These temporary repairs were costly to construct and were implemented with permits from the United States Army Corps of Engineers that require their removal as soon as a long-term solution to the failing dikes is adopted.
WDFW and Ducks Unlimited (DU) have acquired grant funding to conduct an alternatives analysis and design project to examine potential solutions to the failing dikes. The objective of the proposed Leque Island Alternatives Analysis and Design Project is to develop and examine potential design options for Leque Island, select the preferred alternative design, and to advance the preferred alternative design to permit-level stage.
WDFW and DU will draft alternative conceptual designs, use models to predict effects of each design, analyze merits and drawbacks of each design, and solicit input from stakeholders to assist with WDFW’s selection of the preferred design alternative. Design alternatives analyzed as part of this process will range from reconstruction of existing dikes, to construction of dikes in various setback locations, to complete removal of dikes.
WDFW will host at least two public meetings to disseminate information regarding this project, and will convene a project Stakeholder Committee consisting of group representatives that will more closely examine project issues as they arise.
As project reports and materials are generated, they will be posted on this webpage. In addition to this webpage, emails will be sent to the Leque Island stakeholder email list with project updates and public meeting invitations. To be added to the email list, please contact Loren Brokaw at Loren.Brokaw@dfw.wa.gov.