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Public input needed on Lake Whatcom Work Plan

posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:10 AM by City of Bellingham
The Lake Whatcom Management Program's Policy Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in City Council Chambers to review and discuss the Draft Lake Whatcom Management Program 2015-2019 Work Plan. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the work session to hear about and comment on planned activities that will support Lake Whatcom management goals over the next five years. Public input is welcome to help ensure that the plan meets our community's needs for the protection of Lake Whatcom.

Lake Whatcom's health affects everyone in the City of Bellingham, and many Whatcom County residents as well. Not only is the lake the source of drinking water for Bellingham and parts of Whatcom County, it has also been an environmental icon and popular recreational outlet for generations of people throughout the area.

The 2015-2019 work plan describes the broad spectrum of actions that the City, County, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, and other partners will take to protect the environmental health of Lake Whatcom during the next five years. Program actions include protecting watershed functions, reducing phosphorus runoff from public and private properties, preventing aquatic invasive species infestations, collecting data relevant to effective program design, and engaging the community in pollution reduction strategies.

The work session for the 2015-2019 work plan will be facilitated by the Lake Whatcom Joint Policy Group, which includes members from the City and County Councils, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Commission, and the Sudden Valley Community Association Board.

What can you do? Submit comments by March 18, 2015
Access and review the Draft Lake Whatcom Management Program 2015-2019 Work Plan. Find out more and share your input on the Lake Whatcom Management Program (LWMP) and the five-year work plan by attending the work session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 in City Council Chambers. You can also send written comments to Clare Fogelsong, Natural Resources Policy Manager, City of Bellingham Public Works, 2221 Pacific Street, Bellingham, WA 98229, or up until March 18, 2015.

The City of Bellingham does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions or access to, or treatment of or employment in, its programs or activities. Disability-related aids or services, including printed information in alternate formats, to enable persons with disabilities to participate in public meetings and programs are available by contacting Heather Higgins at (360) 778-7905 one week prior to the meeting/program.

Originally posted: February 17, 2015 by the City of Bellingham at