The few spring chinook salmon that make it back to their spawning grounds on the Nooksack River’s south fork next year will be returning to comparative luxury.
Deep pools, abundant cover and cool water will greet them at the mouth of Hutchinson Creek near Acme. It will be a vast improvement over the current arrangement – the creek now resembles a quiet side street merging straight into the south fork freeway.
Nooksack and Lummi tribal natural resources workers will start this summer on one of the biggest salmon habitat restoration projects in the region in an effort to revive dwindling stocks of spring chinook salmon and bull trout.
The project is expected to cost at least $1 million, paid for by federal salmon recovery grants.