Habitat Restoration Projects

​​​​The City of Bellingham's Natural Resources Division has completed numerous habitat restoration projects within priority watershed areas. Much of the work is done by Washington Conservation Corps crews sponsored by the City. Typically projects focus on riparian (stream bank) and in-stream habitat enhancement.

Priority Watershed Areas

Projects

Squalicum Creek Re-route

This project eliminates fish passage barriers and reconnects the stream to its floodplain.

Padden Creek Daylighting

This project moved the stream out of an underground tunnel to improve salmon habitat.

Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage​ Project​​​​

This project will restore access to pristine habitat for ESA listed fish species.​​

Willow Spring at Squalicum Creek Park

This off-channel habitat will provide a place for salmon to grow, feed, and rest.

Post Point Lagoon

This site is one of only seven remaining pocket estuaries in Bellingham Bay.

Red Tail Reach

This project created much-needed fish and wildlife habitat features within Whatcom Creek.

Little Squalicum Creek Estuary

This new estuary will help address the need for nearshore habitat in Bellingham Bay.

Cemetery Creek and Salmon Park

These projects create and improve salmonid habitat associated with Whatcom Creek.

Baker Creek

This project removed a fish passage barrier and reconfigured the stream to improve habitat.

Chuckanut Village Marsh Restoration

Restoration at this site has improved the area's ability to provide pocket estuary functions.

Lower Squalicum Creek

Restoration at this site improves fish passage and stabilizes stream banks.

Padden Creek Estuary Habitat Enhancement Project

Various projects at this site improve estuarine habitat and water quality.

Anderson Creek Basin Analysis and Restoration Alternatives

This scientific study helps prioritize restoration in the Anderson Creek corridor.