Community Involvement

The Process

The South Fork Nooksack River Watershed Planning Project brings together landowners, tribes, agencies and community members for an open dialogue about how to conserve agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and recreation in the South Fork Nooksack River watershed, while protecting and restoring our water resources.

A South Fork Watershed Education Committee has now formed to host a series of educational forums for the community. The mission of the Committee is, “to educate ourselves and our community concerning watershed topics for the South Fork of the Nooksack River in order to increase self-determination related to current and future water quality and use issues.”

Please contact us if you would like to be involved!

The Watershed Group

In January of 2017, the Nooksack Tribe convened a South Fork Nooksack Watershed Group to create a framework for discussing community values and long-range goals. Participation in the group was open to any resident or landowner of the South Fork Nooksack Watershed willing to participate in good faith to find win-win solutions. Over forty community members and agency representatives participated. The Watershed Group met five times between January and March 2017, and a final time (independently of the Tribe’s leadership) in September of 2017. A new group called the South Fork Watershed Education Committee was then formed. This group will be exploring how to best organize and educate our community.

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Watershed Group Meetings

September 6, 2017

May 31, 2017

March 29, 2017 Meeting

March 8, 2017 Meeting

February 22, 2017 Meeting

January 25, 2017 Meeting

Interest Group Meetings

In the summer of 2016, outreach for this community watershed process began by contacting individuals and groups in each of the seven sectors (i.e. “interest groups”), sharing information about the planning process, and gathering information about goals, concerns, and ideas.

Input from each Interest Group was summarized, and common themes identified, which were shared at the Community Meeting on September 27, 2016. View Interest Group Input here (pdf).

Community Meeting

Over 100 people attended the community meeting on September 27, 2016 to learn about the information that has been gathered so far and share their hopes, concerns, and ideas. Representatives from local organizations and agencies provided maps, displays and information about conditions and management efforts in the valley, as well as the latest opportunities for technical and financial assistance for landowners. View meeting input here (pdf).

Community Meeting photos – click images below for larger photo.