Salmon Streams and Tributaries

  January 2021

Lummi Fishes Whatcom Creek for First Time in a Century

Lummi tribal fishermen harvested salmon from Whatcom Creek in August, for the first time in at least 100 years. The Chinook salmon were released as juveniles in 2017 from the Bellingham Technical College’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Science program’s hatchery, which … Continue reading

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  January 2021

Salmon Now Free to Swim Upstream

Two fish-blocking dams were torn down in the North Sound region over the summer, opening up pristine habitat for threatened salmon populations. The Tulalip Tribes worked with the city of Snohomish to remove a dam on the Pilchuck River, while … Continue reading

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  January 2021

Salmon Habitat Restoration Completed in Nooksack River

The last of 127 engineered logjams were placed in the Farmhouse Reach of the North Fork Nooksack River this summer, completing an extensive multiyear salmon habitat restoration project. The reach is between Maple Falls and Deming (closer to Maple Falls). … Continue reading

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  June 2019

Nooksack River: Salmon and Agriculture

Part 4 In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series (1,2,3), I described the Nooksack River, some of its history, and the degradation of its habitats and waters. I also described how this degradation has imperiled native salmon that … Continue reading

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  May 2019

The Nooksack River: A Treasure to Preserve

Part 3 Efforts to Reclaim the Nooksack   In Parts 1 and 2 of this series (1, 2), I described the Nooksack River and how its three forks joined from the glaciers and watersheds surrounding the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest … Continue reading

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  April 2019

The Nooksack River The History and Current State of the River

Part 2 In part 1 of this series, I described the Nooksack River from its headwaters and contributing forks in the North Cascade Mountains through its course to the Salish Sea. (1) I made the case that this river, along … Continue reading

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  March 2019

Middle Fork Diversion Dam

The city of Bellingham operates a water diversion dam on the Middle Fork Nooksack River, approximately 20 miles east of the city of Bellingham. The city has diverted water from the Middle Fork since 1962 to supplement its main water … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Fishtrap Creek Restoration

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association completed its first Fishtrap Creek riparian planting project with Harlan Kredit and Lynden Christian High School (LCHS) students in 1995. This would be the beginning of a long-term relationship with the creek, the high school … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Skookum Creek Conservation Corridor

The waters of Skookum Creek are so clear that at times they appear translucent. The major tributary of the lower South Fork of the Nooksack River has a 22-square-mile watershed made up of wooded areas relatively untouched by humans. For … Continue reading

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