Ebey Slough rename proposal sparks debate

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- An offshoot of the Snohomish River near Marysville has been known as Ebey Slough for 150 years.

The city of Marysville and others are asking the State Committee on Geographic Names to change it to Ebey Estuary. The city thinks "estuary" fits better than "slough" with its revitalization plans. The committee meets Friday in Olympia.

The waterway was named for Army Col. Isaac Ebey who led the first steam-powered boat trip up the river in 1855.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/L2D37Z ) a Tulalip tribal elder opposes the name Ebey and says the waterway should be named for an historic tribal leader.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com