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Historic Conditions in Bellingham Bay

Looking at the types of habitat that have been lost and created over time in Bellingham Bay is an important step in habitat restoration and protection planning.  The Habitat Action Team compared pre-development habitat conditions in Bellingham Bay and determined that the majority of habitat losses in Bellingham Bay have occurred in the inner bay where several small estuaries exist.  The habitat losses in the inner bay have been characterized by the loss of estuary, eelgrass and nearshore intertidal habitats as a result of filling and dredging. 

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Historical Shoreline Inner Bay Estuary habitat
Eelgrass Overwater structure


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