Ferndale Levee Improvements 

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The Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) is designing an improved levee system south of downtown Ferndale. Initial work included field surveys in the fall and winter of 2020/2021 and evaluating design alternatives. A preferred alternative will be selected summer 2022 with a 60% complete design in 2023. The construction schedule has not yet been determined. 

Project Benefits

  • Provide reliable flood protection
  • Improve habitat, stormwater treatment, and recreational opportunities


The current levee system on the Nooksack River does not provide reliable flood protection to critical infrastructure in the Ferndale Area including: two water and one wastewater treatment plants, roads, parks, residences, and farmland.

Project Description

The proposed project will extend south of the intersection of Front Avenue and Cherry Street for approximately one mile.

Engineering Design

Reichhardt and Ebe Engineering is the lead consultant working on design.


A Floodplains by Design grant through the Washington State Department of Ecology is providing the majority of the funding for this project.


Daniel Goger, PE
Project Engineer
Whatcom County Public Works - River & Flood Division
(360) 778-6312 or dgoger@co.whatcom.wa.us