Nooksack - WRIA 01
This page is being maintained as an archive of past information and will not be updated.
Grant funds expended and/or projected through June 2015
In the broadest terms the object of the project are to assess the status of the water resources in WRIA 01, determine the best management strategies to balance the competing demands for water, and to ensure long-term sustainability of that balance. Critical to that process is the balance between instream and out-of stream uses of water, and the provision of adequate future water supplies for uses such as agriculture, energy production, and population and economic growth.
The Nooksack Watershed Plan was approved by Whatcom County in June 2005, and the Nooksack Watershed Phase 4 Implementation Grant was signed in June 2006. Their detailed implementation plan and water monitoring plan were finished in July 2007. In 2011 the Watershed Planning Staff Team formally merged with the WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and became the WRIA 1 Watershed Management Team. This group also serves as Local Integrating Organization for the Whatcom Action Area of the Puget Sound Partnership.
Instream flow status
Existing instream flows were set in 1985 (WAC 173-501). As a part of the Watershed Plan, the WRIA 01 Instream Flow Action Plan was developed. This plan describes a basin-by-basin approach to examine instream flow needs and consider treaty reserve water rights for the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe.
The first areas to initiate negotiations were the Bertrand Creek and Middle Fork Nooksack River watersheds, beginning in spring 2006. In 2008 these pilot negotiations were combined and expanded to include the entire Nooksack drainage. By expanding the area of consideration, water managers can better utilize regional resources and address water needs more holistically. The goal is to recommend amendments to the existing instream flow rule in about five years.
Outside links, publications, studies, data
Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.
Plan Website - Whatcom County
WRIA 01 Status
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