The Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage project was completed in 2022, including the fish passage and dam removal portion of the project which was completed in 2020. This project restores 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 included 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.
Lake Whatcom Reservoir
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Middle Fork Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
Steve Day, P.E.
City of Bellingham Public Works
River Restoration Project Manager
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