Whatcom County groups receive more than $1.6 million to help salmon


Salmon at Marblemount hatchery

Coho are shown during a spawning run in Clark Creek near Marblemount in the North Cascades in early December, 2013.


Three organizations in Whatcom County were awarded more than $1.6 million for salmon recovery efforts, the state Recreation and Conservation Office announced.

The money is part of $42 million granted to organizations around Washington for projects to restore and protect habitat for endangered salmon.

The Nooksack Indian Tribe received two grants totaling a little more than $1 million for two projects.

The tribe will use one grant to build six logjams and replace 280 feet of riprap as part of the first piece of restoring the Black Slough reach of the south fork of the Nooksack River. Logjams slow the river, in turn creating places for salmon to rest, hide from predators, feed and spawn. They also reduce erosion.

The other grant will allow the Nooksacks to put 36 logjams in the upstream portion of Farmhouse Reach in the north fork of the Nooksack River as part of efforts to restore the reach.

Whatcom Land Trust was awarded $518,840, which it will use to buy 100 acres in the Skookum Reach of the south fork of the Nooksack River, between Skookum Creek and Van Zandt. The purchase will help conserve the reach.

Lummi Nation was awarded $84,723 to develop preliminary designs for logjams to help restore the Skookum Reach of the south fork of the Nooksack River.

More information about these projects and others are online at rco.wa.gov.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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