A postcard reminding the Swift Creek area community of asbestos health concerns during dry weather will be mailed to addresses in the project area soon. Swift Creek and downstream Sumas River carry naturally occurring asbestos from the Sumas Mountain landslide. In dry weather, sediments containing asbestos pose a hazard. Avoid walking, driving, cycling, riding horses, or disturbing the riverbed or dredge piles along Swift Creek and the Sumas River, or wherever flooding may have left deposits.
The Washington State Department of Ecology and Whatcom County are collaborating on the Swift Creek flood control and sediment management project located east of Everson near Sumas Mountain.
Construction of the Swift Creek Action Plan will begin in 2021. Whatcom County has made significant design progress since we finalized the plan at the end of 2019. Visit Ecology’s Swift Creek webpage for a construction update.