Local Partners

WRIA 1 Watershed Management Board Members

The Board entities are partners in salmon restoration and recovery efforts throughout WRIA 1.  A number of the entities also actively sponsor instream and shoreline restoration projects and in some situations, protection through acquisition. The Board entities are:

City of Bellingham  www.cob.org

City of Blaine  www.ci.blaine.wa.us

City of Everson  www.ci.everson.wa.us

City of Ferndale  www.cityofferndale.org

City of Lynden  www.lyndenwa.org

City of Nooksack  www.cityofnooksack.com

City of Sumas  www.cityofsumas.com

Public Utility District No. 1 www.pudwhatcom.org

Whatcom County  www.co.whatcom.wa.us

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife  wdfw.wa.gov

Lummi Nation  www.lummi-nsn.org

Nooksack Indian Tribe  nooksackindiantribe.org


Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is a community based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County.


Whatcom Land Trust

The Whatcom Land Trust works to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.


Whatcom Conservation District

Whatcom Conservation District supports landowners with technical, educational and financial assistance to manage natural resources in Whatcom County.


Flood Control Zone Advisory Committee

The FCZAC is associated with Whatcom County's Flood Hazard Management Program and makes recommendations to the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors.


Port of Bellingham

The Port is involved in local restoration efforts through the the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District, the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee, the Governor's Northwest Straits Commission, and the Bellingham Bay Cleanup Project.


Marine Resources Committee

The Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established by the Whatcom County Council in 1999 to protect and enhance the local marine environment and contribute to the protection of the marine environment of the Northwest Straits. 



Regional Partners 

Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership was established to lead efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound and its diversity of life.


Salmon Recovery Funding Board

In 1999, the Washington State Legislature created The Salmon Recovery Funding Board was established by the Washington State Legislature in 1999. The board provides grants to protect or restore salmon habitat and assist related activities.


Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington Department of Natural Resources manages 5.6 million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial lands for the citizens of Washington State.


Washington Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is a regional partner in efforts to  restore, protect and preserve natural resources in Whatcom County.



Federal Partners 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. To accomplish the mission, the EPA develops and enforces regulations and sets national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations. The operations of the EPA are divided into regions.  EPA Region 10 serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and 271 Native Tribes.


US Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6) of the US Forest Service contains 17 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments, all within the States of Oregon and Washington.


US Geological Survey

The USGS publishes and disseminates the earth-science information needed to understand, to plan the use of, and to manage the Nation's energy, land, mineral and water resources.  They are the Nation's largest earth-science research agency, the Nation's largest civilian mapmaking agency and the primary source of data on the Nation's surface- and ground- water resources.


NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the stewardship of the Nation's living marine resources and their habitat.  They assess and predict the status of fish stocks and ensure compliance with fisheries regulations.  Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service recovers protected marine species.