Project Status

​​​​​In 2017, the City began working with American Rivers and the original project partners - the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Lummi Nation, and the Nooksack Indian Tribe - to advance efforts toward fish passage at the Middle Fork diversion dam site. The project involves dam removal to restore habitat connectivity, providing upstream fish passage to 16 miles of pristine habitat; moving the point of diversion just upstream of the existing location to eliminate the need for the dam; a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and WDFW compliant fish screen to protect downstream emigrating juvenile fish; operating procedures for instream flow protection; and improved navigation for recreational whitewater kayakers. Design and permitting are expected to take place in 2018, with construction anticipated for 2019.

Project status: Design phase

Accomplishments: Agreement with American Rivers completed and contracts with consultants executed. Partner Advisory Committee formed. Design and permitting work initiated. Funding strategy completed.

Design consultant: HDR, Inc.

Next milestone: Complete alternatives analysis and feasibility evaluation.

Monthly Project Updates 

  • Project update for February 2018 (PDF)
  • Project update for January 2018 (PDF)
  • Project update for December 2017 (PDF)
  • Project update for November 2017 (PDF)
  • Project update for October 2017 (PDF)
  • Project update for September 2017 (PDF)



​Stephen Day, P.E.

Project Engineer

City of Bellingham Public Works

(360) 778-7944


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