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Public invited to meeting to discuss Whatcom County flooding challenges under different rising sea level scenarios

Aerial view of coastal flooding across the Sandy Point spit looking south down Sucia Drive (December 27, 2022). Photo courtesy of Ralph Peterson

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Whatcom County Public Works is part of a multi-jurisdictional study of Compound Flood Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. The results will be used to plan for the compounding effects of river and coastal flooding under different sea level rise scenarios.

The study area includes Whatcom County’s marine and lower Nooksack River shorelines. The study is expected to be completed by the end of June 2023.

The public is invited to attend an upcoming meeting at the Ferndale Pioneer Pavilion Community Center on Thursday, March 9th, from 6pm to 8pm, to discuss what the study has determined so far and to provide input.

A consultant will be presenting some initial project results for the various compound flood/sea level rise scenarios selected which include an inventory of both public and private assets located within the selected scenarios’ inundation areas. Each of the project team members present will also have the opportunity to discuss how their jurisdiction hopes to use the results of this project.

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After the presentation we’ll have group Q&A and then we’ll break up into smaller groups to try and get more public input on the project – outstanding questions, identification of community priorities, concerns, recommendations, etc.

This will be our last in-person public meeting, though we are hoping to have one final remote public meeting closer to May or June. Whatcom County Public Works Watershed Planner Chris Elder (March 6, 2023)

This is the second public meeting on the study. The first was held in November of 2022 in Blaine.

Event poster. Source: Whatcom County Public Works
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