March Talk: Finding the Lummi River, From Mukilteo to LIDAR

On March 11, Tim Wahl, Greenway Program Coordinator for the City of Bellingham, will present an illustrated talk examining accounts and depictions of today’s lower Nooksack river.  The area examined extends southwest from “Clallikon” Prairie on the land claims of Thomas Wynn to Lummi and Bellingham Bays, along what early 1900s writers referred to as vexing, changing channels of the Lummi River. Guest speaker Paul Pittman,  a geologist employed by Element Solutions Inc. in Bellingham will also be presenting. He has worked extensively on prehistoric interactions of the Nooksack and Fraser river systems in the Everson/Sumas area.   Together, they will discuss features disclosed by Pittmans’ presentation of new LIDAR imagery of upper Chahchoosen Island, its many changing waterways and its pattern of inundation and emergence.

Museum Rotunda Room opens around 7:00 for visiting. Talk begins at 7:30. A charge of $3 is taken at the door. WNHS member come to the talk free. Please join us.

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