Habitat Restoration Projects

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Bellingham has a long history of restoration projects to improve water quality, habitat, and floodplain functions. Work is completed by City staff together with City-sponsored Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews and project partners. Please visit the project pages below for detailed information on each project. 

Squalicum Creek Re-route

This project eliminates fish passage barriers, improves water quality, and reconnects the stream to its floodplain.

Padden Creek Daylighting

This project eliminates a fish passage barrier, enhances habitat, improves water quality, and reduces flood risk.

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

This project restores access to pristine habitat for ESA listed fish species.

Willow Spring at Squalicum Creek Park

This project creates off-channel fish habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species.

Red Tail Reach at Whatcom Creek

This project expands fish and wildlife habitat diversity within Whatcom Creek.

West Cemetery Creek at Whatcom Creek

This project will improve water quality by slowing stream flows, reducing erosion, and facilitating stormwater dispersion.  

​Cemetery Creek and Salmon Park at Whatcom Creek

These projects create additional fish habitat and improve habitat diversity in an important wildlife corridor.

Post Point Lagoon​

This project enhances and expands the shoreline riparian corridor, upper intertidal salt marsh, and intertidal mud flat.

Little Squalicum Creek Estuary

This project restores lost estuarine habitat and fish access critical for juvenile salmon.​

Baker Creek

This project removes a fish passage barrier and reconfigures the stream to improve fish habitat.

Lower Squalicum Creek ​           

This project improves fish passage and stabilizes stream banks.

Padden Creek Estuary​

This project restores saltmarsh and riparian habitat.

Anderson Creek at​ Lake Whatcom​

This project improves bank stability and floodplain function to enhance kokanee salmon habitat and water quality.

Chuckanut Villag​​e Marsh

This project improves fish access and intertidal exchange between the bay and a coastal marsh and increases habitat protection.