The South Fork Nooksack River Fish Camp (Ts’eq) Reach Integrated Design Project is being led by the Nooksack Tribe in close collaboration with Whatcom County River and Flood in order to develop broadly-supported solutions to address community needs.
Currently, the project team is assessing geomorphic and hydraulic conditions in the river. Upon completion, design alternatives will be developed to reduce flood risk and improve Chinook salmon habitat. We are seeking input from stakeholders to help develop and select a preferred alternative.
The overall goal for this project is to develop an integrated habitat restoration and flood risk reduction project in in the South Fork Nooksack River Fish Camp (Ts’eq) Reach located upstream of Acme between river miles 9.0-9.6. The major problems this project will address include negative impacts from flooding in the Lower South Fork Valley (Acme) and degraded habitat that strongly limits productivity of wild Nooksack spring Chinook salmon.
The project reach presents a unique opportunity to develop integrated designs for flood risk reduction and salmon habitat restoration in the Lower South Fork Valley. Following many in-depth conversations with stakeholders, the project team will work together with the community to develop multiple design possibilities that will both reduce flood risk and improve habitat conditions for Chinook and other salmon. The final design will be informed by an understanding of current flood risk to the area, existing channel and flooding conditions, and the potential flood-reduction and habitat responses resulting from the design proposals. The final design may include floodplain reconnection to reduce risk in flood hazard areas, measures to increase stability, and removal or setback of bank armoring to address Chinook recovery.
Herrera Environmental Consultants
The Nooksack Tribe received a grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office-Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) to develop a Preliminary Design for this project.
Please contact either of the project co-leads with questions.
Lindsie Fratus-Thomas, Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Nooksack Indian Tribe
Natural Resources Department
P.O. Box 157
Deming, WA 98244
(360) 592-5140 Ext 3135
Paula Harris, P.E., River and Flood Manager
Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood Division
322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 120
Bellingham, WA 98225
For information regarding engagement opportunities, to schedule a phone call, or to be added to the Listserv, contact:
Outreach and Education Lead for Fish Camp Project
1155 N. State St. Suite 400
Bellingham, WA 98225