Public meeting planned on Roger’s Slough drainage improvements

Published on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County public works staff will hold a public meeting December 1 to gather input on improvements to an area of Birch Point infamous for its tendency to flood in heavy rain.

The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management (BBWARM) Advisory Committee is looking for public input on proposed improvements to Roger’s Slough, which empties into Birch Bay near the intersection of Birch Bay Dive and Birch Point Road. Whatcom County has the slough on the top 10 lost for capital improvements due to its drainage and flooding issues.

A report released by BBWARM says several factors contribute to the slough’s periodic flooding, including a rusted floodgate that tends to become clogged with logs and other debris and high volumes of stormwater coming from the housing developments north of the slough. The floodgate is in place to prevent seawater from Birch Bay flowing up the slough during high tide.

The report identifies three alternatives for improving the slough and its ability to handle stormwater. These are: improving stormwater ponds in the Birch Bay Village Community Club, which is the housing development just north of the slough; improving the slough itself; and installing a new outfall to Birch Bay that would augment the slough.

The public meeting will be held at the Semiahmoo fire station, at 9001 Semiahmoo Parkway in Blaine.Visit BBWARM's website for more information and a full version of the above-mentioned report.


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