Whatcom County groups win $3.5 million for salmon recovery

The Bellingham Herald reports on Salmon Recovery Funding Board projects in Whatcom County. Lummi Nation was the largest single recipient in the county:

Whatcom County, a salmon conservation group and local tribes on Wednesday received $3.5 million in grants to help struggling salmon populations and restore their habitats in the Nooksack River.

Efforts range from a Lummi Nation plan to catch adult chinook salmon in the south fork, spawn them and raise juveniles to increase the population’s chances of survival; to a Nooksack Indian Tribe plan to build four logjams on the south fork near Tawes and Caron creeks to provide pools that cool the water for salmon.

Other proposals include a Whatcom County project to remove 520 feet from a levee on lower Canyon Creek that now blocks salmon access to historic spawning grounds, and the creation of side channels on the north fork by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to provide stable spawning and rearing habitat for chinook.

Canyon Creek is a tributary of the north fork of the Nooksack.

Lummi Nation, which received about $1.2 million, was the largest grant recipient in Whatcom County.