DEMING - The state will help pay for a levee along the Nooksack River to protect the town and property owned by the Mount Baker School District and the Nooksack Indian Tribe.
The $1.44 million grant is the largest in the latest round of awards for flood-protection projects from the state Department of Ecology.
An 850-foot levee will replace a raised bank that often fails to stop floods that threaten the school district's bus barn and sewage lagoon, and the tribe's sewage drain field, said Paula Cooper, Whatcom County engineering manager.
The project also will enhance salmon habitat, according to Ecology. The total project cost is $2.5 million, with about $1 million coming from county real estate excise tax or flood tax revenues, Cooper said. Construction is scheduled for next year.