Nooksack River Geographic Response Plan (NOOK-GRP)
The Nooksack River GRP (NOOK-GRP) covers 256 square miles of Whatcom County, including 50 miles of the Main Stem and South Fork Nooksack River. These 50 miles of the river are downstream of BNSF railroad tracks. Twenty-one miles of the Nooksack and many miles of tributary creeks are also downstream of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline, delivering Canadian oil sands products to refineries on the coast. The lower 6 miles of the river includes crossings by I-5, the BP Northwest Pipelines District, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, and BNSF tracks carrying crude oil unit trains. The Nooksack Reservation, a portion of the Lummi Reservation, and the settlements of Ferndale, Lynden, Everson, Nooksack, Deming, Acme, and Saxon are included in the planning area. This is a new GRP.
View the draft Nooksack River GRP (November 2016) (PDF 12 MB)
View the strategies in an interactive map (new window)
Public comments received during the 30-day comment period ending on December 12, 2016 will be answered in a response summary posted alongside the final version of the plan. The anticipated release date of the final plan is June 2017.
No interim updates currently available
How to Comment
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