Whatcom PUD’s Commission recently approved a funding request from the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA).

The request for $20,000 will support the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Crew’s work on habitat restoration on various streams throughout Whatcom County and Nooksack tributaries.  The work crew is managed by NSEA staff.   Darrell Gray, Project Manager for NSEA, said the funding will help provide project oversight, acquire restoration materials such as plants, vole and beaver protection, and large woody debris for salmon habitat restoration of lowland streams.  Gray added “NSEA is extremely grateful for their shared interest in improving salmon habitat and ongoing support.”

Commissioner Christine Grant said  “We’re proud to continue our support of NSEA’s salmon recovery, habitat restoration and education projects.”  From 2010 to 2021, the PUD has continued to provide funds to support the requests from NSEA.  There were no funding requests in 2011 and 2020.

The Nooksack River is one of three rivers in Washington that support runs of all five species of Pacific salmon.  Read more about the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and past funding requests here.