Five county sites may get new names

  • Wed Mar 28th, 2012 7:50pm
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Herald staff

EVERETT — Five places in Snohomish County could soon have new names.

The state Committee on Geographic Names plans to meet in May to give its OK to several proposed name changes for geographic features around the state.

Changes approved by the committee then advance to the state Board on Geographic Names for a final decision. The new names would then appear on published maps for public safety and emergency services.

As part of its review process, the committee is asking the public to comment on the geographic name proposals, including the five in Snohomish County.

The most notable is a proposal to change the name of Ebey Slough to Ebey Estuary. The slough-estuary is near the mouth of the Snohomish River between Everett and Lake Stevens.

Jordan Ridge would become the official name of a currently unnamed five-mile-long ridge east of the community of Jordan, between Arlington and Granite Falls. Blue Mountain, one of two summits in Snohomish County with that name, would be changed to Sultan Ridge.

Also under consideration is giving the name of Reflection Creek to an unnamed creek located north of the city of Snohomish, and Wayback Brook to an unnamed 300-foot-long stream.

The committee plans to meet at 1 p.m. May 18 in the Natural Resources Building in Olympia to review proposals and listen to people who want to comment. Directions are at

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Comments on the proposals also can be mailed before May 17 to Washington State Committee on Geographic Names, P.O. Box 47030, Olympia, WA 98504-7030; or by email to bogn@