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SR 548 - Terrell Creek Fish Passage - Complete September 2011

Terrell Creek once supported viable runs of chum and coho salmon, as well as, coastal cutthroat and steelhead. Steelhead are currently listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Over the last 50 years these populations have drastically decreased. In recent years, there has been a push by community groups, state agencies and local businesses to restore Terrell Creek and its surrounding watershed.

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) created a recovery plan for the creek and is committed to helping revive and sustain viable populations of salmon in the creek. The local refinery, British Petroleum, has donated hundreds of acres towards the effort, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has restored large areas of the creek and watershed. In 2007, we replaced a culvert that was a barrier for fish beneath the north-south portion of SR 548 – Blaine Road.

We replaced the 6-foot diameter, 132-foot long round culvert with a much larger, fish-friendly box culvert that’s 10 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 88 feet long.

The existing culvert beneath the east-west portion of SR 548 – Grandview Road – was a barrier for fish. During summer low water conditions in the creek, the culvert sits as high as 4 feet above the creek. And, when there are high water levels, the culvert creates a funnel-like effect and the velocity is too much for fish to pass through. 

Replacing the culverts will allow salmonids to reach prime spawning gravel and rearing habitats upstream.

How You Benefit
Leaf Glyph Protects Environment
Removing the old culvert and replacing it with a box culvert will dramatically improve the environment, especially for fish.

Partnerships & Cooperation
We consulted with Tribes and other interested parties as we developed this project.


Financial Data for PIN 154813A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $974
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $595
Total $1,569

This project is funded through the following sources:

  • 2005 Gas Tax (Partnership Funding) - $2.8 million
  • Total funding from all sources: $2.8 million

Contact Us
Communications Dustin Terpening
1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101
Burlington, WA 98233
Phone: 360-767-5997

Project Engineer Chris Damitio
460 Stuart Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: 360-788-7400

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