Revive, Construct or Restore

Whatever your word, NSEA aims to make it easier for Pacific Salmon and Steelhead (collectively known as salmonids) to migrate, breathe, rest, reproduce, incubate, eat, grow up and - in a simple phrase - live decent lives. The projects featured below were selected to demonstrate a diverse range of what NSEA tackles in any given year. 

Goodwin Creek Fish Passage Project

For over 35 years returning salmon (having already navigated from the Fraser River via the Sumas River) met an impassable culvert on Goodwin Creek. During the fall of 2016 with the go-ahead from three generous land owners the fish passage barrier is now removed and upstream habitat is now available! 

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Tributary of Squalicum Cr. Culvert Replacement

Dave Barker, Restoration Technician, shows about how full his crew will fill this 8 foot culvert with gravel after it replaces a 12 inch cousin that acts as a complete impediment to salmon trying to swim upstream. This project, taking place on a private blueberry farm, is in progress as of September 2015.   



Deer creek fish passage - 2.1 mi. of habitat opened! 

Completed in the late summer of 2014, the Hawley Deer Creek Fish Passage Project removed a partial barrier to migrating salmon by spanning the creek with a new bridge.  The result is the opening of 2.1 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon. 


terrell Creek in-stream transformation

Terrel Creek is a high priority for NSEA and other partners motivated to transform watershed health. Our work in the watershed began in 2001. In the 2014 project above, NSEA added:

  • gravel so that returning salmon had an area to build a redd (nest) and spawn. 
  • trees and root wads to create areas in the creek where adult or juvenile salmon can rest (especially during times when there are heavy rains).