Squallicum Creek, Bellingham, Washington

Urban runoff, forestry, agriculture, and construction of Intersate-5 have degraded conditions of Squallicum Creek enough to be listed as impaired for several water quality parameters. Inter-Fluve worked with the City, other stakeholders, and consultants on the Squalicum Creek Re-Route plan to improve water quality, flood conveyance, and salmonid habitat.

The new channel flows along a natural meandering planform with pools and riffles, and wood adjacent a floodplain that supports riparian forest and wetland. The restored channel flows along a walking path (right), and interstate (left).