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​Middle Fork Nooksack River diversion dam. via cob.org

WA - Blasting Begins on Middle Fork Nooksack Dam to Restore Salmon Habitat

Work has been underway at the site since the start of the year. The project will eventually restore 16 miles of fish habitat after the dam is removed.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Monday marked a major milestone in the dam removal project on the Middle Fork Nooksack River. Blasting began to remove the first major section of the structure.

Work has been underway at the site since the start of the year. The project will eventually restore 16 miles of fish habitat after the dam is removed.

“Salmon are amazingly resilient, and as we saw on the Elwha river, when those dams came down on the Olympic peninsula, those fish came back very quickly,” said Amy Kober with American Rivers. “We’re hoping to see the same thing here.”

Kober said they’re glad to see the project finally reach this point, after years of work from several groups: the Nooksack Tribe, Lummi Nation, City of Bellingham, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in addition to other government bodies.

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