Input sought on Roger’s Slough drainage upgrades

Published on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County public works wants to upgrade Roger’s Slough in Birch Point, and staff are holding a December 1 public meeting to gather local input on the improvements.

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

According to a county public works staff report, several factors contribute to the slough’s periodic flooding, including a rusted floodgate that tends to become clogged with logs and other debris and stormwater coming from the housing developments north of the slough. The floodgate is in place to prevent seawater flowing up the slough during high tide.

The report identifies three alternatives for improving the slough and its ability to handle stormwater: 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 start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at the Semiahmoo fire station, 9001 Semiahmoo Parkway. For more information on the project, visit BBWARM’s website at

programs/cip/roger or contact county public works engineer Kraig Olason at 360/715-7450 ext. 50782 or