Photo by A. Chaikin, 2010


In 2018, 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.

2018 Highlights

Stormwater: Capital Projects
Whatcom County completed Phase I of the Agate Bay stormwater improvement project. The project included ditch stabilization and the installation of check dams and three filter vaults, as well as upgrades to existing stormwater infrastructure. Photo: Installation of filter vault.

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation constructed five miles of new hike and bike trail at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve, including the Rufus Creek and Cougar Ridge Trails. Community volunteers supported 2018 trail construction by donating more than 3,000 hours of service. Photo: 2018 Volunteers.

Education and Engagement
The City of Bellingham raised awareness about boat inspections, the "We Scoop" campaign, and causes and impacts of stormwater pollution via advertisements on buses. Photo: "Wash your car, not the fish" Car Wash Ad.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspectors conducted 12,444 watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of AIS to Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. Photo: Boats line up at Bloedel Donovan Check Station to be inspected for aquatic invasive species.

Land Preservation
The City of Bellingham acquired two new properties in 2018 bringing the total area of land protected in the watershed to 10,991 acres. Photo: Washington Conservation Corps members assist with bridge installment.

Stormwater: Homeowner Incentive Program
48 households attended a Do-It-Yourself Native Landscaping workshop as part of the Homeowner Incentive Program. Attendees learned about native landscape design and implementation. 
Photo: Native landscaping project completed in 2018.

2015-2019 Work Plan
2010-2014 Accomplishments Report
2018 Progress Report