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 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 Philanthropies. Partners are 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.