Rachel Vasak,executive director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, reported on November 16, 2012 that about 12 coho have been spotted in Terrell Creek recently. She has also received reports from a landowner on the creek that he has seen “a lot of chum in the creek by his house” over the past three years.
|Olivia Sittauer (left), a junior Communictions major at Western from Seattle, and
Brandon Osterlund, a senior Environmental Science major at Western from Kalama,
put the finishing touches on the tree they planted.
|Naio McCush, a Western junior from Silver City,
New Mexico in the
Vehicle Research Institute,
attaches stakes to a protective blue tube.
|Justine Mims, who came from Portland,
Oregon and is a freshman in
prepares a new home for her tree.
Alana DiMarco, from Mukilteo, a Western Environmental Education volunteer with NSEA, welcomed and registered volunteers as they reported in.
|Alana DiMarco, who is a senior at Western, volunteers
nearly every day with NSEA.
Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class from Blaine Middle School made a significant contribution to reforestation of the Terrell Creek watershed. Although he offers extra credit for participation, he says most of the kids who turn out are already A students.
|Ken Johnson’s sixth grade class get extra credit for their tree planting work.|
Stu Currier, who says he is old enough to collect Medicare, has participated in tree plantings for 14 years, including several trips to Terrell Creek, Whatcom Creek and other sites.
|Stu Currier, a Bellingham resident, has been
planting NSEA trees for 14 years.
The fall and spring work party schedules are posted on NSEA’s Web site www.n-sea.org
Volunteers eager to contribute to the work on Terrell Creek are invited to the work party this Saturday, November 17. Park at the former Birch Bay Community Church property and walk to the location, marked by the NSEA canopy. Come and help make the creek even more hospitable to hatching and spawning Chums.
|Work party group photo from NSEA’s Web site|
Work parties are from 9am – 12pm. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Refreshments will be provided by the Bagelry, the Community Food Co-op, Starbucks, and Tony’s Coffee. These work parties are free and open to everyone. Bring your enthusiasm, your friends and family, and anyone else that can hold a shovel See you at the creek!
Three thousand tons of fill carried in by 80 dump trucks reconfigured Terrell Dam in a cooperative effort among the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, the Conservation District and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rachel Vasak, executive director of N-SEA and Frank Corey of the Conservation District explained the project to the group signing up for a tour on October 20.
|Tour group listening to Rachel Vasak (2nd from right) and Frank Corey (right)
explain the Terrell Dam Project
Water flow in the creek will be sufficient for the survival of fry hatched from the remote site incubator (RSI) installed near the new bridge downstream from the dam.
|New bridge and RSI almost visible below the left end.|
Eggs from native Chum will be placed in the RSI soon and will hatch sometime in February or March. Volunteers monitor the site to report any interruption to the water flow that would threaten the well-being of those babies. The Chum species of salmon is best suited to this creek envirnoment because they spend the least time in fresh water on their journey to a salt water habitate.
|New bypass modification|
|Dam before renovation|
|Trickle of Terrell Creek during construction|
|New culvert with gravel and debris|
Take equal portions of fantastic food, great drinks, delightful company, glorious weather, hot blue-grass music and sensational location, stir slightly and serve. You’ll have a winning recipe for the 10th Annual Harvest Dinner.