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WRIA 1 Watershed Management Project

The framework for watershed management in the state is based on geographic areas known as Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs). WRIA 1 includes the Nooksack River basin and several adjoining smaller watersheds, such as the coastal drainages of Dakota and California Creeks, as well as Lake Whatcom.

The WRIA 1 Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2005 through the cooperation of local stakeholders and governments and provides a roadmap for addressing water quantity, water quality, instream flow, and fish habitat challenges. 

The WRIA 1 Watershed Management Project website describes the history, recent activities, studies and other resources.


WRIA 1 Salmonid Recovery Plan

Find information on the basic issues surrounding salmon recovery, the recovery projects in WRIA 1, and the policies and public processes designed to recover salmon runs at the WRIA1 Salmon Recovery website. Please contact John N. Thompson, ESA Coordinator, at with questions about the program.

WRIA 1 Local Integrating Organization

The Whatcom Integration Team is an adhoc committee established for the purpose of advancing the WRIA 1 Policy Boards’ interest to achieve greater coordination and alignment among various local ecosystem protection and restoration efforts.

Initiation of an integration team as an "ad hoc workgroup" under the WRIA 1 Policy Boards’ integrated structure also supports the Policy Boards’ function as the Whatcom Local Integrating Organization (LIO) in the Puget Sound Partnership.

The Whatcom Integration Team is scheduled to sunset June 30, 2013 unless extended by WRIA 1 Management Team or WRIA 1 Policy Boards.