Photo by A. Chaikin, 2010


In 2016, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, as well as WSU Extension and the Sudden Valley Community Association, continued to jointly implement programs and activities with the goal of improving Lake Whatcom water quality and protecting the Lake Whatcom ecosystem.

2016 Highlights

Aquatic Invasive Species Program
AIS Inspectors conducted over 9,500 inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. Photo: Boats line up at Bloedel Donovan Check Station to be inspected for aquatic invasive species.

Homeowner Incentive Program
Since 2011, the Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) has provided qualifying Lake Whatcom Watershed residents with technical and financial assistance to make changes to their private property to reduce phosphorus entering the lake. The HIP was re-designed in 2016 and will re-launch as a permanent program in early 2017. Photo: HIP project completed in 2016.

Lake Whatcom: Monitoring Program
The City of Bellingham continued to contract with Western Washington University's Institute for Watershed Studies to collect water quality data for Lake Whatcom and its tributaries. Photo: Monitoring boat prepares to launch at Bloedel Donovan.

Lake Whatcom: Stormwater Capital Projects
Whatcom County completed the Cedar Hills-Euclid Stormwater Improvement Project. The project included installation of bio-infiltration swales, storm filter vaults, pretreatment structures, stream stabilization and native plantings. Photo: Construction of Cedar Hills-Euclid Stormwater Improvement Project.

Education & Outreach: WALPA Conference
40 people attended a Washington State Lake Protection Association annual conference workshop and tour highlighting stormwater, land preservation, and invasive species prevention efforts in the Lake Whatcom Watershed. Photo: Tour attendees learn about AIS monitoring efforts at Bloedel Donovan. 

Land Preservation: Washington Conservation Corps
The Washington Conservation Corps conducted almost 3,000 hours of restoration and maintenance work on City acquisition properties in the Lake Whatcom Watershed in 2016. Photo: Washington Conservation Corps planting at Uy.

2015-2019 Work Plan
2010-2014 Accomplishments Report
2016 Progress Report