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March 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Slough or Estuary? What’s in a name?

Ebey Slough or Ebey Estuary? As we said in an earlier post, the Washington State Commission on Geographic Names is toying with the idea of changing Ebey Slough to Ebey Estuary.

Curiously, the slough, an 8-mile long waterway that branches off from the Snohomish River and flows into Puget Sound, was described as a tidal estuary in a report by a state engineer in 1891, according to HistoryLink.org.

Some of us weren’t too familiar with the word slough before arriving in the Northwest, but the name certainly gives this area a sense of place.

The question is, slough or estuary? Which do you prefer? Answer our poll.

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