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​Nooksack River 2016

Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project

​​​​​​The Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage project will restore access to approximately 16 miles of pristine spawning and rearing habitat in the upper Middle Fork for three Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Puget Sound fish species: spring Chinook salmon, Steelhead and Bull Trout. Project elements and related benefits include​ moving the point of diversion just upstream of the existing location to eliminate the need for the dam; dam removal and channel restoration to restore habitat connectivity; and installation of fully compliant fish screens for fish protection.

Project partners and coordination

This project is a collaborative effort between the City of Bellingham, Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and American Rivers, with funding from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the City of Bellingham, the Resources Legacy Fund,​ the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Partners h​ave been consistently engaged throughout the planning process in Partner Advisory Committee meetings and Design Review Team meetings. We welcome feedback from additional interested parties, especially in response to our monthly project updates. 

Additional information 


​Stephen Day, P.E.

Project Engineer

City of Bellingham Public Works

(360) 778-7944



April McEwen

River Restoration Project Manager

American Rivers


For media inquiries, contact

Amy Cloud

Public Works Communication and Outreach

(360) 778-7912


Public Works Contacts