KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Port of Bellingham is preparing to start a multi-year project that will make the shoreline near Squalicum Creek more inviting to fish.
Starting next month, construction crews will remove derelict bulkheads, creosote pilings and other debris that block fish from entering the creek.
Mike Hogan with the Port says new shallow areas will be created at the mouth of the creek.
Squalicum Creek has the best potential for productive fish habitat within the city limits.
The state Department of Ecology has given the port an $850,000 grant to pay for the first phase of the project, and to pay for a fish forage study.
The next phase of work will replace the Roeder Avenue Bridge, modify a rail spur and re-establish a natural stream bed.