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Lake Whatcom 2020-2024 Work Plan and responses to comments now available

posted Mar 27, 2020, 5:06 PM by City of Bellingham   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 5:08 PM ]

The Bellingham City Council, the Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners were slated to vote on final approval of the new Lake Whatcom 2020-2024 Work Plan during their meeting on March 25. Instead, approval of the final work plan will occur at upcoming meetings to be held by each of the three respective jurisdictions.

Comments on the draft plan were received from the public between February 7 and March 2. The final version of the work plan has been updated to include comments provided by the public. To view staff responses to the comments and questions that were submitted, please download a copy of the comments and responses below.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to review the work plan and provide comments and feedback. The 2015-2019 Accomplishments Report is also available now for download.

Please click on the links below to download copies of the following:

CANCELLED: March 25, 2020 Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission Annual Meeting

posted Mar 13, 2020, 4:51 PM by City of Bellingham

The annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission meeting is cancelled due to public health concerns related to COVID-19 and in conformity with Whatcom County Health Department's recent emergency declaration regarding large meetings.

The Bellingham City Council, the Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners were slated to vote on final approval of the new Lake Whatcom Management Program 2020-2024 Work Plan at the March 25 meeting. Instead, approval of the work plan will occur at upcoming meetings to be held by each of the three respective jurisdictions. The jurisdictions were briefed on and discussed the new plan at their individual February Council and Commission meetings, and comments were received from the public between February 7 and March 2. Staff will post responses to those comments by March 24 on this website. The final draft of the work plan will be posted by March 24 on this site.

Contacts:
Renee LaCroix, Assistant Public Works Director 
Public Works - Natural Resources 
City of Bellingham (360) 778-7966 or rlacroix@cob.org     

Gary Stoyka, Natural Resources Manager 
Whatcom County Public Works 
(360) 778-6218 or GStoyka@co.whatcom.wa.us      

Justin Clary, General Manager 
Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District 
(360) 734-9224 or justin.clary@lwwsd.org    

Draft Lake Whatcom Management Program Work Plan Available for Review

posted Feb 5, 2020, 12:47 PM by City of Bellingham   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 6:18 PM ]

As Lake Whatcom Management Program partners, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District work together to develop a coordinated five year work plan to meet program goals for the protection of Lake Whatcom and its watershed. The 2020-2024 draft work plan is now available for public review and comment. Click here to download a copy.

The draft work plan will be reviewed and considered by the partner jurisdictions this month at these public meetings:

The final work plan will be presented for approval at the Annual Lake Whatcom Management Program Joint Councils and Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 25. Details on this meeting will be posted at the www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org website in March. 

Public comments on the draft work plan are welcome and can be submitted in writing by Monday, March 2 to the three decision-making bodies in a single email addressed to: ccmail@cob.org; council@co.whatcom.wa.us; general.inbox@lwwsd.org. Comments received by March 2 will be considered by the Lake Whatcom Management Program partners before the work plan is finalized.

For more information, contact Clare Fogelsong, environmental policy manager with the Bellingham Public Works Natural Resources division at (360) 778-7965 or cfogelsong@cob.org.

*Update as of 3/11/2020: The Annual Lake Whatcom Management Program Joint Councils and Commission meeting has been canceled at this time. 

Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Public Meeting April 30

posted Apr 16, 2019, 2:26 PM by Ingrid Enschede

Whatcom County Public Works is hosting a public meeting to share information about the recently completed Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility funding study on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Geneva Elementary School cafeteria, 1401 Geneva Street, Bellingham, WA 98229.
Property owners in the unincorporated portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed are encouraged to attend to learn about the proposed new stormwater utility rates and process for adoption by County Council.  For more information visit http://whatcomcounty.us/2830/Lake-Whatcom-Stormwater-Utility 

Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission to meet March 27

posted Mar 22, 2019, 6:24 PM by City of Bellingham

The Lake Whatcom Management Program will host its annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St. Members of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners will be in attendance. The meeting will be open to the public and aired on BTV at a later date.
“The County and City have been accelerating efforts to clean up and protect Lake Whatcom. There is still lots to be done, and this is a great opportunity for the public to hear about it,” said County Councilmember Todd Donovan, Chair of the County’s Natural Resources Committee.  Gene Knutson, Public Works and Natural Resources chair for the Bellingham City Council, noted that “this meeting of the joint councils and water district reps is a great way for the general public to see and hear what we have done for all these years with our water supply. I am optimistic that our work will meet the state’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) deadline a lot sooner than expected."

An open house will be held immediately before the meeting from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. featuring posters, maps, and literature about Lake Whatcom programs and planning. The open house provides an opportunity for members of the public to talk with program staff about specific lake issues or initiatives.

The following topics are scheduled to be discussed at the meeting:

Review of recent water quality trends affecting the lake 
Report on findings of a survey of watershed residents, and planned homeowner engagement projects
Update on a new stormwater district to fund county water quality improvement projects
Update on purchases or easements of watershed lands

Public comment is scheduled for the end of the meeting. The 2018 Lake Whatcom Progress Report and other information can be found on the Lake Whatcom Management Program website at ​www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org/resources.  The meeting agenda and packet can be found at meetings.cob.org.​

Media Contacts
Renee LaCroix, Assistant Public Works Director
Public Works - Natural Resources
City of Bellingham 
(360) 778-7966 or rlacroix@cob.org

Gary Stoyka, Natural Resources Manager
Whatcom County Public Works 
(360) 778-6218 or GStoyka@co.whatcom.wa.us

Justin Clary, General Manager
Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District
(360) 734-9224 or justin.clary@lwwsd.org 

Lake Whatcom Watershed Baseline Survey Findings Report Available

posted Feb 1, 2019, 2:20 PM by Ingrid Enschede

The Lake Whatcom Management Program completed a comprehensive baseline survey of Lake Whatcom watershed residents in the fall of 2018.  Findings from this survey are now available for download on the Resources Page. The purpose of the survey was to gather information on beneficial practices, awareness, and attitudes of watershed residents related to watershed health and management program objectives. The results from this survey set a baseline for specific management program areas.  The intent is to repeat the survey every five years to measure changes in watershed residents practices, awareness, and attitudes to evaluate program effectiveness and inform long-term planning.

Sustainable Landscaping Class - Fall 2018 registration now open

posted Aug 15, 2018, 10:55 AM by Ingrid Enschede   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 11:00 AM ]

Registration is now open for the fall 2018 Sustainable Landscaping Class - Gardening Green.  This class provides practical information on simple yet powerful actions you can take in your own landscape to protect the environment and human health.  The class is free but class size is limited and registration is required.  The class includes six sessions from September 17 - October 3. Registration is open to all.  For more information read the flier and contact Sue Taylor at sl-taylor@comcast.net or (360) 671-3891. 

Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Funding Study Update

posted Jun 19, 2018, 3:25 PM by Ingrid Enschede

Whatcom County Public Works is conducting a study to evaluate funding and rate structure options for the new Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility service area, which is the portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed outside of city limits.  The funding study began this month and will take a minimum of six months to complete.  Whatcom County Council established the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee to provide stakeholder input and recommendations on the future stormwater utility rate structure.  Advisory committee meetings are open to the public with designated public comment periods. 
Residents and property owners in the new Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Area are encouraged to visit http://whatcomcounty.us/2830/Lake-Whatcom-Stormwater-Utility to learn more and provide their input.  

Now available on the website:
  • Funding study summary with answers to frequently asked questions
  • Comprehensive list of questions and comments received at the April 18 public meeting with staff response
  • Advisory committee meeting documents
  • Study issue papers
  • Instructions on how to sign up to receive meeting notifications and submit public comments and questions

Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee Meeting June 6

posted Jun 6, 2018, 11:56 AM by Ingrid Enschede

The first meeting of the new Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee will be Wednesday, June 6, 2018 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Geneva Fire Station meeting room, 4518 Cable Street, Bellingham, WA 98229.  For more information about this meeting and to sign up to receive notifications of future meetings please visit http://whatcomcounty.us/2830/Lake-Whatcom-Stormwater-Utility

Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Public Meeting April 18

posted Apr 5, 2018, 11:35 AM by Ingrid Enschede   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 9:15 AM by City of Bellingham ]

Whatcom County Public Works is hosting a public meeting to discuss the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Area on Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multipurpose Room, 2114 Electric Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229.  Property owners in the unincorporated portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed are encouraged to attend to learn about this new service area and upcoming funding plan process.  For more information, visit the Whatcom County website page.















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