2021 Highlights

Photo by Hannah Montroy, "Chanterelle Trail Overlook"

In 2021, 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.

Stormwater: Capital Projects

The City of Bellingham began construction of the Park Place water quality facility. The project uses the city's new Phosphorus Optimized Stormwater Treatment (POST) media. Photo: Aerial view of project during construction.

Stormwater: Capital Projects

Whatcom County completed the Silver Beach Phase I stormwater improvement project. The project included the installation of a modular wetland. Photo: Modular wetland being installed.

Education and Engagement

The city partnered with the Whatcom Conservation District and offered wildfire risk reduction workshops for 85 residents. Promotion of workshops focused on property owners that abut city-owned watershed properties. Photo: Workshop announcement slide.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspectors conducted 14,415 watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of AIS to Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. Photo: Boat being permitted at Bloedel Donovan Check Station.

Land Preservation

The City of Bellingham completed a restoration project to improve water quality and salmon habitat in Anderson Creek. Photo: Woody debris and rocky substrate improve creek habitat.

Education and Engagement

City staff supported an Eagle Scout project that labeled 400 storm drains in the city portion of the watershed with "Only Rain in the Drain" storm drain markers. Photo: Eagle scout installs drain marker.