The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association is a community based nonprofit dedicated to restoring wild salmon populations in Whatcom County. We have been actively restoring fresh water salmon habitat since 1990.

We encourage you to check out our website and learn about the many ways we work hard to ensure our systems are vibrant and healthy, our community is educated, and our salmon have viable spawning and rearing grounds. Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to connecting with you!

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Little Squalicum Creek Work Party

Join NSEA, Resources and City of Bellingham Department of Parks and Recreation for a work party at Little Squalicum Park this Saturday from 9-12!

Please note that minors attending the work party without a parent or guardian must provide wavier filled out to participate!

Parking is available in the lower Bellingham Technical College parking lot off of W Illinois St. Parking Directions

Whatcom Water Fest

May 18th 12:00pm- 4:00pm @ Maritime Heritage Park

The Whatcom Water Fest will be a fun day of community education, outreach, and engagement for local residents to celebrate our sense of place and become stewards of Puget Sound. We will highlight local organizations, businesses and opportunities to take ideas to action. Area residents attending this free, easily accessible, family-friendly event will enjoy music, food, games and giveaways!  Be sure to mark your calendars to join Sustainable Connections and over 10 other local businesses and organizations for a fun afternoon connecting with our place in the Puget Sound.   Interested in getting involved? Contact


Klipsun Highlights NSEA's Work

Western Washington University's magazine, Klipsun, highlighted NSEA and our Washington Conservation Corps crew in a video piece last month! Video shot and edited by Katy Bentz, featuring NSEA's WCC members: Zach Shirk, Courtney Born, Brady Lester.

NSEA has Board of Directors & Committee Positions Open! 
Which fits you best?


Earth Day 2013

Thank you Bellingham Food Cooperative for attending our Earth Day restoration work party and documenting this special day through a video.
We appreciate our community so much!

Fast Facts:

The Nooksack River Basin has all 5 species of Pacific salmon:  Chinook salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon, and sockeye salmon.

  • Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species and can reach up to 135 pounds!
  • Coho have the nickname silver salmon because they retain their silvery ocean color longer than any other salmon species after entering fresh water.
  • In 2012, 1,533 Whatcom County students spent 18,791 hours participating in NSEA educational programs.
  • In 2012, 121 streamside habitat restoration work parties were held. 2,311 volunteers donated 6,508 hours to streamside work parties! 

Pacific salmon have disappeared from about 40% of their historical breeding ranges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California over the last century, and many remaining populations are severely depressed in areas where they were formerly abundant.