Smuggler's Slough Restoration

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The Smuggler's Slough Restoration involves a series of actions to reconnect and enhance wetlands along smuggler's slough, which is a tidal and drainage channel that connects the two portions of the Nooksack Delta. Project work has included removal of portions of the Kwina Slough levee, channel excavation, wetland enhancement, farm drainage management, culvert modification, and installation of a Self-regulating Tidegate on Marine Drive. Beaver are occupying portions of the site, and by affecting water levels and are continuing to modify project outcomes. Monitoring is ongoing by The Lummi Nation. The project is anticipated to have both some benefit for salmonid rearing, and for water quality through retention of freshwater tidal pools, and increased summer flow.


  • ESRP contracts supported feasibility analysis and design.
  • ESRP and NOAA funding provided construction funding.
  • WDOE funding (of EPA funds?) is supporting beaver management and monitoring.