$3.2M Grant to Plan Flooding of the South Fork along the Nooksack River

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the proposed Washinton State Department of Ecology Grant “Floodplains by Design,” by Whatcom Land Title for $3,200,00.00, with Glen Morgan (property rights specialist) and Ed Kilduff (licensed hydrogeologist) about this grant. Is planned flooding, or “back to nature” by design a good thing for the properties in South Lake Whatcom?


This is a copy of the Application for a 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant submitted to Ecology by Eric Carabba, WLT Director of Lands

Project Title: South Fork Nooksack River – Flood, Fish, Farm Conservation and Restoration Integration

Application for a 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant
Submitted applications will be rated to create a ranked list in support of
Ecology’s FY 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design budget request.
Applications must be submitted electronically via email to Ecology by 5:00 pm, September 8,
2014. Send applications to:
Adam Sant at Adam.Sant@ecy.wa.gov
With the Subject line: 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant Application
You will receive confirmation that your application has been received by close of business on September 15.
Applicants must use this form as provided. No alterations will be accepted.
Project Title: South Fork Nooksack River – Flood, Fish, Farm Conservation and Restoration Integration
Organization/Jurisdiction Name: Whatcom Land Trust
Contact Name:

Eric Carabba, WLT Director of Lands
Address P.O. Box 6131
City, State, Zip Code Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone (360) 650-9470 x105
Email eric@whatcomlandtrust.org
Legislative District(s) 42 County Whatcom WRIA(s) 1Congressional District(s) WA-01

Specific Project Location: Section multiple Township 37 & 38 N Range 5E River Mile SFNR 2 – 12
Latitude 48⁰ 42’ 53” N Longitude 122⁰ 11’ 34”W GPS coordinates N627900, E1311700
Major Watershed Project is in – South Fork Nooksack River (SFNR)

Full project (or phase proposed herein) should be completed in 3-4 years.
Project Narrative and Budget are limited to 20 pages.

Scope of Work, Schedule, Maps and Photos can be in addition to those 20 pages.
1. Short Description of Project (500 words or less)
Please describe the overall goals for this floodplain area that is the focus of your proposal. Include in the
description all major components of the project or activity such as breaching a levee, constructing a new levee,
restoring a specific number of acres of floodplain, wetland creation or fill, restoration planting, project design
planning, public process, or any other appropriate major component. Please indicate if funding is being requested
for a phase of a larger multi-year project.
Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) is working in conjunction with Nooksack Tribe and Whatcom
County and other WRIA 1 watershed partners to advance a broad approach to floodplain
management in the South Fork of the Nooksack River valley that is intended to reduce flood
risk, advance ecological function, protect and enhance farmland productivity, and improve
water quality. Through this Floodplain by Design request of $3,216,958, WLT and partners seek
to improve the coordination of public investment and advance the implementation of
floodplain conservation and restoration actions necessary to recover salmon, improve water
quality and maintain agricultural viability on the South Fork floodplain.
The long-term goal of this project is to realign land uses in the South Fork valley to a
riparian corridor consisting of a dynamic undeveloped floodplain bordered by continuous bands
of mature riparian forest, with agricultural land use protected upland of the forest and beyond
the flood hazard zone. Key objectives of the South Fork Nooksack floodplain by design include:
• Create a floodplain with sufficient width to accommodate dynamic channel morphology
within 100 year peak flow extent.
• Facilitate restoration of floodplain processes to create a complex network of primary
channels, seasonal side channels, and wetlands that provide flood storage during peak flows
and discharge water to support base flows.
• Restore a mature, complex, and diverse riparian forest throughout the South Fork valley.
• Advance in-stream habitat structures, large woody debris, both engineered and naturally
recruited, that enhance salmon habitat and direct flows away from vulnerable infrastructure.
• Protect and enhance the viability of agriculture, promote agricultural land use in areas with
low erosional flood risk and low potential conflict with water quality and salmon
• Locate new infrastructure outside flood hazard areas; remove or set back bank hardening
structures and replace with riparian forest.

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