In summer 2021, the Bertrand Watershed Improvement District, in partnership with Whatcom Diking District #4, Drainage Improvement District #1, the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District, and affected landowners, replaced older, inefficient floodgates with state of the art Self Regulating Floodgates.
Provide better protection to farmland during spring and fall high water events
Provide better drainage after flood events
Improve fish habitat by removing a fish passage barrier, provide refuge habitat for juvenile fish during flood events, restore access to upstream spawning habitat
Improved flood water storage capacity during sequential flood events