Whatcom Farm Bureau meeting to cover plan to flood farmland

A government restoration plan to flood around 800 acres of Whatcom County farmland will be discussed at the Whatcom County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have proposed what’s being called the Puget Sound Nearshore Restoration Project, which would call for removing dikes and flooding 2,100 acres of land in Whatcom, Skagit and Jefferson counties to convert it into fish habitat. The government agencies are seeking $293.6 million from the federal government and $158 million from the state over 10 years to complete the plan. Congress is currently considering the project.

Tom Davis, director of government relations for the Washington Farm Bureau, will give a presentation about the proposal during the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Mount Baker Rotary Building at the Northwest Washington Fair, 1775 Front St., Lynden.


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