Anderson Creek Water Quality Improvements

​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Overview: EN-0051​

The Anderson Creek Water Quality Improvements project will improve water quality and salmon habitat in Anderson Creek, located between Mirror Lake and the southeast end of the Lake Whatcom Reservoir. This project will support water quality improvements in Lake Whatcom by reversing historical impacts and restoring natural processes within the Anderson Creek corridor. This project includes native plantings to restore riparian habitat, large woody debris along the stream bank to reduce sediment loading, and removal of a derelict creosote bridge, all contributing to improved stream habitat for existing native cutthroat and kokanee salmon and elimination of toxic chemicals in the creek.

The project site includes stream and forested wetlands. The footprint of construction activities will be minimized, and temporary environmental impacts required to complete the project will be mitigated with restoration efforts.

For more information about activities within the larger Anderson Creek watershed basin and restoration activities in this area, see our Anderson​ Creek webpage​

This project is funded by a Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Program Grant ($499,500) and City of Bellingham Grant Match Funds ​($188,000). 

​Status – August 2020

​Accomplishments: 30% project design complete

Next Milestones: 60% project design, Permitting

Project Details

  • ​Status – Design 
    • ​Construction is scheduled for Summer 2021
  • Contract Awarded –  
  • Contract Amount – 
  • Contractor – 
  • Vicin​ity Map​​


Stephen Day, 360-778-7944
Sara Brooke Benjamin, 360-778-7969

Participating Departments