Skookum Edfro Phase 3
Community Workshop #1 Presentation
(2023) Alex Levell/Melanie Del Rosario
Community Workshop #1 Meeting Minutes
(2023) Melanie Del Rosario/Alex Levell
Skookum Edfro Restoration Project phases. Flow is from right to left. Letters denote the locations of photos shown below.
The overall goal for this project
is to engage stakeholders in developing a design concept that restores salmon spawning,
rearing, and holding habitat in the South Fork Nooksack River from
river mile 12.8 to 13.9. This design should
result in self-sustaining salmon runs at harvestable levels, and increased
flows in the channel and available floodplain to reduce flooding to downstream
Results of a recent Climate
Impacts Risk Assessment show that there will be more frequent and intense
floods in the future. The recent flooding throughout Whatcom County highlights
the need to reduce flood risk for properties in flood prone areas.
South Fork Nooksack River at river mile 13.15 looking downstream. The project reach is low-gradient with high quality chinook salmon spawning, rearing, and holding habitat potential. Location A on map.
Jagged boulders along the edge of the river (sometimes referred to as riprap) form homogeneous in-stream habitat, but there is excellent floodplain potential in this location. Location B on map.
Fact sheet of 2021 Chinook Mortality Event
(2022) Lummi Nation
The South Fork Nooksack River is home to three species that
are listed as threatened on the Endangered Species List: chinook, steelhead,
and bull trout. Habitat degradation is the leading cause for the decline of
WRIA 1 (Nooksack Watershed) salmonid populations (WRIA 1 2005).
A recent die-off of over 2,500 South Fork Nooksack early
Chinook in September 2021 illustrates the severity of the habitat problems that
are now being exacerbated by climate change. Most of the mortalities occurred
in the project reach (LNR 2021), highlighting the need for habitat restoration. The photo below was showcased on a 60 Minutes segment (the Vanishing Wild) that aired on January 1, 2023 (0:30 to 3:00 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TqhcZsxrPA or 15:15 to 18:05 at https://www.cbsnews.com/video/60minutes-2023-01-01/#x)
Adult chinook mortality event. September 2021. Location C on map.
Here are several dead chinook as seen from an overhead drone. Location C on map.
Update 2022: Lummi Nation Response to Chinook Mortality Event
The root cause of the mortality event is severely compromised habitat function from legacy and ongoing degradation and alteration.
The project team is deeply committed to working with and
engaging stakeholders through the duration of this project.
Engagement opportunities include:
- Participation in Acme-VanZandt Subzone - LNR and Veda introduced the project at the January 19th, 2022 meeting.
- Frequent communications provided via a Listserv
and updates to this website,
- presentations and in-person meetings with
landowners, stakeholders, and established forums,
- Two stakeholder meetings to share results of
technical work and gather input from community members,
- Community workshop #1 was held on November 15, 2022, at the Acme Presbyterian Church from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Meeting notes and the presentation links at the top of this page. The team introduced existing conditions and solicit feedback to select the preferred alternative. We were excited to see the interest that the attendants had in this project. Many of the community member's requests are currently being addressed are also linked above, including Lummi Nation response to the mortality event.
- Other group and individual meetings. The team has met individually with one landowner and will continue to do so per request.
Letter to Subzone
(2021) Alex Levell/Melanie Del Rosario
Stakeholders will have opportunities to weigh in on various topics, including but not limited to:
- the scope and scale of the problems the project
is intended to address,
- prioritization approach and criteria for design
- the preferred design alternative.
- Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office - Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)
- Whatcom County PUD
- Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
- Lummi Nation, supported by Herrera Environmental Consultants and Triangle Associates
- Salmon Recovery Staff Team
- Nooksack Watershed Staff Team
- Whatcom County Public Works
- Whatcom Land Trust
For more information, please contact Alex Levell: email@example.com
Salmon Recovery Funding Board Grant Proposal
(2021) Kelley Turner/Alex Levell/Alissa Ferrell
Upper South Fork Nooksack River Effectiveness Monitoring Report