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Flood Risk Reduction on the Nooksack River

Flood Risk Reduction on the Nooksack River

Client: Whatcom County

Case Study: Peak facilitated a multi-year collaborative process involving over 80 stakeholders and seven teams. We worked to prioritize and implement system‐wide improvements to the levee system on the Nooksack River. With the System Wide Improvement Framework (SWIF), we completed a key component—the Nooksack River Levee Vegetation Management Plan.

Value/Benefit: Managing vegetation along levees is a big deal. This plan represents Whatcom County’s success in collaborating to develop a strategy to better manage vegetation on the Nooksack River levee system. This effort also significantly streamlined the permitting process and identified habitat improvement opportunities.

“I have worked with a lot of consultants and Peak is different. The System Wide Improvement Framework (SWIF) process was successful because Peak knows how to listen. People participated because they felt heard and it was worth their time.” Steve Seymour, retired biologist, Washington State

“David Roberts’ facilitation skills have been a tremendous asset to those of us working to integrate the needs of floodplain landowners with fish and flood interests. He has skillfully guided multiple stakeholders through dozens of meetings keeping conversations civil and constructive.” Paula J (Cooper) Harris, Whatcom County Public Works, River and Flood Manager

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