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Whatcom Creek Work Party - Streamside Habitat Restoration – Oct 31st - Sat 9am-12pm

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Whatcom Creek Work Party - Streamside Habitat Restoration – Oct 31st - Sat 9am-12pm

Time: October 31, 2009 from 9am to 12pm
Location: Whatcom Creek - Bellingham
Website or Map: http://www.n-sea.org
Phone: 715-0283
Event Type: work, party, -, whatcom, creek, restoration
Organized By: Nooksack Salmon Enhancment Association
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2009

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Event Description

Join with volunteers at Whatcom Creek for Streamside Habitat Restoration on Saturday Oct 31st at 9am with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) & volunteers.

Tools & gloves will be provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing & wear sturdy shoes. Refreshments provided by The Bagelry, the community Food Co-op, Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods, Starbukcs Coffee, & Tony's Coffee & Teas.
Network with your friends for carpooling or ride a bike & dress warm!

Whatcom Creek is 16.25 miles long and the Whatcom Creek Watersheds drains over 36,278 acres of land.

Help remove non-native, invasive plant species & plant new native trees & shrubs and spread mulch along the banks of a brand new site on Whatcom Creek. This section of the creek is located just downstream from Red Tail Reach behind Iowa St...Site is accessible from the new trail entrance where Meador St. intersects with Lincoln St. under the I-5 overpass. Parking will be available – look for signs, park, then check inat the blue NSEA tent.

Facts from the NSEA page:

Water Quality: Whatcom Creek and its tributaries are listed on the Washington Department of Ecology's 303(d) list as impaired for temperature, Fecal Coliform, & dissolved oxygen levels.
Pollution: The main sources of pollution in the Whatcom Creek Watershed are attributed to human and animal waste and failing septic systems.
Major Issues: Whatcom Creek flows 2.5 miles through Whatcom Falls Park, the site of the 1999 pipeline explosion, which significantly changed conditions along the creek. Although restoration projects have reduced the damage done by the explosion and fire, complete recovery will take time.
Fish and Wildlife: Whatcom Creek provides good habitat for Chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and resident trout.
Interesting Facts: There is one dam in Whatcom Creek. The largest tributaries to Whatcom Creek are Lincoln Creek, Hannah Creek and Fever Creek.
The Whatcom Creek basin provides nearly 4 miles of accessible salmon habitat downstream of Lake Whatcom.
Whatcom Creek is part of NSEA's Stream Stewards program
More info on Whatcom Creek at -
http://www.n-sea.org/index.cfm?do=page&pageID=3846
(Total of 6 Saturday workparties at different county creeks/watersheds from Oct 17-Nov 21st))
NSEA is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. Question try 715-0283 or email ltaylor@n-sea.org. Website – www.n-sea.org

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