Date Permissions Signed
Huxley College of the Environment
Date of Award
Environmental Impact Assessment
Department or Program Affiliation
Department of Environmental Studies
Bodensteiner, Leo R.
Subject – LCSH
Roads--Design and construction--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Washington State Route 542 (Wash.)--Environmental conditions; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Whatcom County
"The beginning sections of this EIA give an overview of the project location. SR 542, Mt. Baker Highway runs parallel to the NF Nooksack River near the top of Warnick Bluff. Chronic repetitive erosion has been a problem that is exacerbated by severe flood events throughout the past decade. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) estimates that the bank has eroded at a rate of approximately five feet per year since 1994. At the site of the proposed project, the SR 542 currently lies fifteen feet away from the edge of the bluff. The highway could potentially be washed into the river within three years. This site has been designated under the WSDOT Chronic Environmental Deficiencies Mitigation program to protect infrastructure and reduce potential environmental damage."
Roads--Design and construction--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Whatcom County, Washington State Route 542 (Wash.)--Environmental conditions, Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Whatcom County
Western Washington University
Washington State Route 542 (Wash.); Whatcom County (Wash.)
Environmental impact statement
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Gardner, Benjamin; Loewus-Deitch, Jon; Emerick, Chelsey; DeBari, Maria; and Slattery, Kelly, "State Route 542: Warnick Bluff Stabilization : WSDOT-Identified Chronic Environmental Deficiencies Mitigation to Protect Infrastructure and Reduce Potential Environmental Damage" (2009). Huxley College Graduate and Undergraduate Publications. 4.