Willow Spring at Squalicum Creek Park

Daylighting urban streams helps create high-quality fish and wildlife habitat.

Squalicum Creek Park once included a gravel pit, an airport, and a concrete plant. A century of development throughout the Squalicum creek watershed resulted in poor water quality and loss of fish and wildlife habitat. For many years, Willow Spring flowed in a pipe underground.

The Willow Spring Project increases wildlife habitat by adding key components in productive salmon habitat including g the creek, adding meandering bends, large woody debris, pools, and riffles. 

Planting partners included the Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Transition Whatcom, REI, and City-sponsored Washington Conservation Corps crews.

Project Manager: Analiese Burns, Habitat and Restoration Manager, Public Works Department, Natural Resources. (360) 778-7968,    acburns@cob.org