The City of Bellingham completed a
major stream restoration on Baker Creek in 2006. The Project area consists
of a 0.75 acre parcel that was dedicated to the city for salmon habitat
The City’s Stormwater Utility Culvert Replacement Program removed a
barrier culvert from the downstream property in 2004, restoring access for
anadromous salmonids. The in-stream restoration project involved
reconfiguration of the stream channel to introduce meander bends and
backwater habitats that will help attenuate flood flows. Large woody debris
(LWD) structures were placed in the stream to redirect flow, improve bank
stability, provide bank protection and regulate channel migration activity.
The project also replaced extensive areas of invasive weeds with native
trees and shrubs.
Baker Creek restoration site pre-construction (left) and after
channel reconfiguration and installation of LWD structures (right).
Bank erosion at Baker Creek restoration site, pre-construction (left);
looking from culvert, the same area after installation of large woody
debris to stabilize and protect the bank (right).
Baker Creek restoration pre-construction (top), 2006 installation of large
woody debris (middle), 2013 from the same view (bottom).