As a result of the catastrophic November 2021 flooding, a priority for flood hazard reduction was is being revisited for the area upstream of Everson where water overflows the Nooksack River and flows north to Sumas, Abbotsford, and the Fraser River.
The Everson Flow Split Reach is located at the confluence of three of the lower river reaches – Reach 4 (Deming to Everson), Reach 3 (Everson to Guide Meridian), and Reach 5 (Everson to Sumas).
The Everson Flow Split Reach Team is comprised of members from the tribal governments of Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Indian Tribe and a diverse group of stakeholders representing interests of the agricultural community, small cities (Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Lynden and Ferndale), Whatcom County, public and private utilities, state and federal agencies, and universities. The reach team is supported technically by consulting facilitators, engineers, geomorphologists, and biologists.
Team members attended a design charrette and field trip on April 25-26, 2022 to:
Some of the project concepts being considered as a result of the design charrette include:
A draft list of actions have been developed to evaluate and potentially advance the above project concepts and overall reach strategies resulting from the design charrette including:
The reach team will meet again in Fall 2022 to discuss the outcomes of the design charrette and share feedback to ensure that team members are in agreement with the proposed list of actions and that they align with the shared values of the team. The list of actions will be adjusted to ensure there is collective buy-in before moving forward with the plan.