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Restoring saltwater, and nature, to the Nisqually River estuary

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Earlier this month, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge celebrated the restoration of the Nisqually River estuary. The cold salt water of Puget Sound poured onto the old diked pasture of the refuge at the beginning of October, undoing the late-19th-century “improvement” of the land, and beginning what refuge manager Jean Takekawa calls the largest estuary restoration in the Northwest.