The 29 mile-long Samish River sources in a wetland complex shared with the South Fork Nooksack River, where it drains south for nine miles side-by-side with Highway 9 and BNSF tracks carrying empty oil train cars. Farther downstream, the river is crossed by BNSF tracks carrying full unit trains of crude oil north to the Ferndale-area refineries, as well as the BP Olympic Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline, and I-5. Lake Samish in Whatcom County drains south into Friday Creek, a major tributary of the Samish, and is also crossed by I-5 and both pipelines. The lower four miles of Samish River are included in the North Central Puget Sound GRP. The communities of Alger, Allen, Bow, Sedro-Wooley and Wickersham are located in this area. This is a new GRP.
View the draft Samish River GRP (July 2016) (PDF 7 MB)
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Public comments received during the 30-day comment period ending on August 19, 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
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