Swift Creek

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Swift Creek Information

  • Swift Creek originates on Sumas Mountain.
  • Has a long history of sediment buildup and reduced water flow capacity.
  • A natural landslide has resulted in flooding.
  • Slide sediment is from a unique geologic deposit that contains naturally occurring asbestos.
  • Sediment is also known to contain trace metals including cadmium, cobalt, manganese, and nickel.
  1. Swift Creek Sediment Repository SEIS Scope Available for Comment

    Scope of Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Swift Creek Sediment Repository Available for Public Comment. Read on...
  2. Swift Creek Channel Excavation On Hold Until Late Summer/Fall 2021

    Swift Creek channel excavation that started in August of 2020 has ended for this year. Channel excavation work will resume in late summer or fall of 2021.
  3. Swift Creek Channel Excavation August-November 2020

    Starting in August, 2020 and continuing through November, 2020 there will be increased truck traffic on S. Pass, Oat Coles, Goodwin, and Massy roads associated with this project. Trucks will also be driving on the Swift Creek Levees. Read on...
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Swift Creek Sediment Management Action Plan (SCSMAP)

  • The SCSMAP was prepared by Whatcom County Public Works Department, on behalf of the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD).  
  • The Plan addresses sedimentation and flooding that result in damage to agricultural, residential, and public assets and have the potential to affect public health.

Swift Creek Sediment Management Action Plan Documents

The following provide background information related to the SCSMAP: