Birch Bay Beach Nourishment

Birch Bay work crews applying nourishment sediment, image courtesy CGS.

1.6 miles of Birch Bay beach nourishment has begun! On the ground construction started in early January for what is thought to be the largest beach nourishment project in the greater Puget Sound region (210,000 tons)!

This extensive beach nourishment endeavor is intended to create a broad beach backshore and walking trail. The project was first conceived in 1975 by Wolf Bauer. Jim Johannessen of CGS has worked on several stages of this project over the course of its history. CGS was a key beach designer for the consultant team, working for Whatcom County Public Works.

Work is occurring at the south end of the project most evenings through February 15 and will start again after Labor Day continuing northward.