Tag Archives: Lummi

Dairy Farm Pollution Costs Lummi Nation

Whatcom County’s booming dairy and agricultural industry has cost Lummi Nation shellfish harvesters millions of dollars already, and a recent closure of shellfish beds in Portage Bay is adding to the tally. Manure from dairy cows is discharged either directly or indirectly into the Nooksack River, which flows into Portage Bay. In September, the tribe […]

Lummi Formally Asks Army Corps to Halt Coal Terminal

The Lummi Nation has written a formal letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the permit to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. “The impacts on the Nation’s treaty rights associated with this project cannot be mitigated,” wrote Lummi Chair Tim Ballew II. From EarthFix: Corps spokeswoman Patricia Graesser responded […]

Degraded water quality forces Lummi to close shellfish harvest

High levels of fecal coliform prompted the Lummi Nation to close 335 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds in September. The fecal coliform – mostly from livestock, human and pet waste originating upstream from the reservation – exceeds federal bacterial standards, meaning the shellfish could be unsafe to eat. The voluntary closure affects Lummi’s treaty-protected […]

Lummi fishermen pass down reef net heritage

Lummi Nation tribal fishermen are teaching young tribal members the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net. The tribe had four new wooden canoes made for reef netting. Traditionally, fishermen suspended the reef net between two canoes. “It’s an imitation of the seafloor, like a reef, that’s why it’s called a reef net,” […]

Tribes partner in marine survival research

Treaty Indian tribes have invested millions of dollars in hatchery programs and habitat restoration, but poor marine survival continues to stand in the way of salmon recovery. Marine survival rates for many stocks of chinook, coho and steelhead that migrate through the Salish Sea are less than one-tenth of what they were 30 years ago. […]

Lummi Nation seeks federal relief following fishery closure

The Lummi Nation is seeking federal disaster relief for its fishing fleet following another year of poor returns of Fraser River sockeye salmon. In September, the tribe passed a declaration of natural disaster under the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and a fisheries economic disaster under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Despite a bountiful […]

North Sound media localize culvert ruling

The Herald of Everett takes a look at culverts in Snohomish County, some that will have to be repaired by the state under Judge Martinez’s ruling, and some that already have been repaired: Puget Sound-area Indian tribes in 2001 took the state to court over culverts and their effect on salmon runs. In 2007, Martinez […]