News & Events 2021
Anderson Creek Restoration Project Update
Posted December 15, 2021
Silver Beach Creek Stormwater Improvements
The Whatcom County Public Works Stormwater Division recently completed a construction project to improve the water quality entering Silver Beach Creek in the Lake Whatcom watershed. The installation of a “Modular Wetland System” will treat runoff from approximately 22 acres of development by removing phosphorus, sediment, metals, bacteria and other pollutants from the water flowing into the lake.Visit the project web page for more information: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3445/Silver-Beach-Creek-Phase-1
Posted December 7, 2021
Septic Maintenance Rebates Available in the Lake Whatcom Watershed
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting December 1, 2021
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted November 24, 2021
Volunteer to help protect Lake Whatcom
Do you live, work, or play in the Lake Whatcom watershed? To serve the interests of the community and protect watershed health, we have developed some exciting volunteer opportunities. We are currently offering three ways to get involved:
Posted November 22, 2021
Manage your leaves to protect our water
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Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Window Closing for the Season
The work window for ground disturbing activities closes September 30 in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Ground disturbing activities include clearing vegetation, adding topsoil or fill, and other activities that move or expose soil. Special regulations apply to prevent erosion during the rainy season from October 1 to May 31. Dirty water flowing into Lake Whatcom adds phosphorus, harming water quality and aquatic life. Learn more:
Thank you for taking care to prevent erosion during the rainy season.
Posted September 30, 2021
Take the Self-Guided Lake Whatcom Tour Virtually
Whatcom Water Week is September 11-19
New Volunteer Program in the Lake Whatcom Watershed!
Do you live, work, or play in the Lake Whatcom watershed? To serve the interests of the community and protect watershed health, we have developed some opportunities to volunteer in the Lake Whatcom watershed. We are currently offering three ways to volunteer:
Posted August 31, 2021
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting September 1, 2021
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted August 25, 2021
New plan focuses on solving stormwater problems in Geneva
Whatcom County recently completed the East Geneva Subwatershed Master Plan. This plan was developed using a systematic approach to identify stormwater problems and recommend solutions to those problems in the East Geneva Subwatershed. The plan outlines actions the county can take to improve drainage infrastructure, reduce flood risk, and improve water quality. Read the plan to learn more.
Posted August 17, 2021
Stormwater Improvement Construction Coming to Silver Beach Creek Area
A construction project designed to improve the water quality entering Silver Beach Creek from the Woodlake Meadow Estates stormwater system will start this August and continue through September. This project will modify the existing stormwater system by installing a Modular Wetland System (MWS) and new storm pipe to reduce phosphorus loading of Lake Whatcom.
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Posted July 27, 2021
Curious about the construction near the intersection of Northshore Drive and Britton Road? The City of Bellingham is upgrading a stormwater facility that will treat an astounding 53% of all runoff entering Lake Whatcom through the City’s stormwater pipes. The Park Place Water Quality Facility will use new, state-of-the-art filtration material developed by the City. The new material will not only effectively remove phosphorus and other pollutants from stormwater, but will do it at a faster rate than other existing systems. It will save money and space and get us one big step closer to a healthy Lake Whatcom. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.
Watershed Work Window Opened June 1
Be Safe and Watch Your Wake
Be safe when you’re out on the lakes. Boating speed rules and no wake zones on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish keep swimmers and boaters safe and protect the shoreline from erosion. Less erosion is better for water quality and protects shoreline vegetation and property. Review speed and safety rules for Lake Whatcom on our On the Lake Safe Boating page.
Posted: June 7, 2021
Check Your Motor. Protect Lake Whatcom.
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting June 2, 2021
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted: May 25, 2021
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 Policy Group Meeting February 17, 2021
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted: February 11, 2021
We Need Your Help!
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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
2021 permits available
Posted: January 27, 2021