flooding Archives - Salish Current

Water worries on the rise: Nooksack addresses increased flooding

February 16, 2024
Matt Benoit

Nooksack officials and homeowners are concerned about problematic drainage that appears to be getting worse.

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High water in Whatcom … and getting higher?

January 30, 2024
Matt Benoit

Recent heavy snow and rain accompanied by unseasonal warm temperatures have combined to raise water levels in both the already-saturated Nooksack and Sumas river basins.

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Sumas Lake: a once (and future?) feature of the border

December 19, 2023
Lane Morgan

The catastrophic floods of November 2021 on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border brought to mind an Ice Age souvenir that many Whatcom residents didn’t know existed.

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U.S., Canada make headway on cross-border Nooksack flood strategy

September 12, 2023
Catherine Skrzypinski and Clifford Heberden

As the two-year anniversary of a devastating Nooksack River flood approaches, cross-border strategy talks are beginning to take shape, taking community cooperation and climate change into consideration. Is it enough?

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Signs of a hidden threat: preparing for the really big one

September 6, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

New signs around the Salish Sea raise awareness in areas that might be inundated by tsunami.

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Surprising channel flood leaves La Conner planning for future

February 9, 2023
Ava Ronning

“Climate change is real” is a lesson from Dec. 27 flooding that damaged the La Conner downtown.

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Rising seas, high tides, storm surges and waterfront homes: does value outweigh the risks?

January 20, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Predicted sea-level rising along with extremely high tides and storm surges pose increasing risk to coastal waterfront homes. How much are those trends affecting property values?

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Ice jams, snow melt, king tide combine in Marietta flood deluge

January 13, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A small community along Marine Drive living mostly in RVs has braved seasonal inundation, ready to move at a moment’s notice — until caught by surprise.

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Bulkheads: protecting property at what cost to the environment?

January 5, 2023
Kai Uyehara
Armoring the shoreline aims to protect property from high tides and erosion — the same natural forces that nourish shorelines for forage fish spawning and juvenile salmon rearing.
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Tacoutche Tesse, the Northwest’s great ghost river — Part 4: The death of a thousand cut-offs

December 16, 2022
Eric Scigliano

The plight of wild salmon and the waters that support them is about big issues, but also a lot of little, unassuming places: creeks and sloughs and flooded fields and braided side channels.

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Tacoutche Tesse, the Northwest’s great ghost river — Part 2: The flood and building back better

November 18, 2022
Eric Scigliano

The great flood of 2021 brought massive destruction but also the opportunity to build back better.

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Tacoutche Tesse, the Northwest’s great ghost river — Part 1: Not the Columbia

November 4, 2022
Eric Scigliano

Salish Current is exploring in a series of articles the Fraser River and its rich, varied and threatened life. This week, Part 1: Not the Columbia.

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Rising seas, surging storms put many low-lying areas at risk

October 13, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Sea levels are expected to rise by 1.5 to nearly 2 feet by 2100 along low-lying shorelines around the Salish Sea—including many areas where people live and recreate.

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Flood survivors face next flood season while awaiting long-term fixes

September 15, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Flood season is coming faster than housing solutions, as recovery from November 2021 flooding continues in Whatcom County.

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Still rising: Planners assess sea level, storm surge risks

July 15, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Rising sea levels combined with storm surges threaten to inundate shoreline sites such as Bellingham’s Boulevard Park.

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Floods, fish and farming intersect in Nooksack Basin’s complex challenge

February 17, 2022
Clifford Heberden

As Whatcom County works to prepare for the next major flooding events and to foster community resilience, a discussion on long-term solutions and ways to promote salmon population and environmental preservation along the Nooksack River is taking shape.

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