This project is a collaborative effort of these project partners: 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.
The Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are the WRIA 1 Fisheries Co-Managers and original project partners. They are responsible for managing and overseeing fish harvest, hatchery and habitat programs and will approve the Middle Fork project design criteria.
A Partner Advisory Committee (PAC) and Design Review Team (DRT) were formed in December 2017 to advance the project in full coordination with project partners and technical reviewers.
Three meetings have been held since December 2017:
December 7, 2017: a PAC meeting was held to provide information on new project funding and the project schedule, as well as to gain clarity on the desired project outcomes of each partner entity.
January 25, 2018: a PAC meeting was held to collaborate on approaches to streamline permitting and secure funding.
February 12, 2018: PAC and DRT members attended an Alternative Selection Workshop to review alternatives proposed and discuss the basis of design for a proposed preferred alternative.
Estimated total project cost, including design and construction, is approximately $13 million. The project has secured $680,000 for project design and permitting, and $4.4 million for implementation from the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and the City of Bellingham. Additional funding is needed for the remaining $330,000 to complete design and permitting in 2018, and $7.6 million for implementation in 2019. Public and private funding opportunities are actively being pursued.