Photo by K. Moran, 2014

Lake Whatcom is a vital resource, providing drinking water, recreation and wildlife habitat to our community. The City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District formed the Lake Whatcom Management Program in 1998 to coordinate programs and projects that restore, protect and preserve Lake Whatcom and its surrounding watershed.

Photo by T. Ward, 2015

Our Progress

Learn more about program goals and actions. Track our progress.

Photo by G. Mednick, 2019

Get Involved

Learn more about actions you can take to help prevent pollution and protect Lake Whatcom.

Photo by City of Bellingham, 2018

What's New

Learn more about Lake Whatcom Management Program news, meetings, and events.

Latest News

Look for the Zero

Thinking about fertilizing your lawn this spring? Remember to look for the zero! Local laws prohibit using fertilizer containing phosphorus in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Fertilizer products list three numbers from left to right for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). Make sure the middle number is zero. For more information, Phosphorus: Too Much of a Good Thing.

Posted: April 9, 2021

Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners Annual Meeting March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Curious about Lake Whatcom water quality and protection efforts? The public is invited to learn more about the Lake Whatcom Management Program at an online meeting of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners. Topics discussed will include water quality monitoring and cleanup efforts, 2020 program accomplishments, and an update on the new Whatcom County Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility.

The meeting agenda, which includes instructions for how to join the online meeting, and additional resources can be found here.


Posted: March 17, 2021

Lake Whatcom 2020 Progress Report Now Available

The Lake Whatcom Management Program 2020 Progress Report is now available. The report provides a summary of work completed to meet the objectives of the Lake Whatcom Management Program 2020-2024 Work Plan. To view the progress report and work plan, visit our Resources Page.


Posted: March 16, 2021


Subscribe to the Lake Whatcom Lowdown

The first edition of the Lake Whatcom Lowdown is here! Do you live, work, or play in the Lake Whatcom watershed? Subscribe now to receive quarterly updates about the Lake Whatcom watershed. You can view the first edition and subscribe here.

Posted: February 1, 2021