Photo by A. Chaikin, 2010


In 2017, 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.

2017 Highlights

Stormwater: Capital Projects
The City of Bellingham completed the E Oregon and E North Street Stormwater Improvement Project. The project included construction of infiltration and treatment systems, installation of modular wetland systems, and repair and upgrades to existing stormwater infrastructure.
Photo: E North Street Project at Northshore.

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation constructed two miles of new hike and bike trail at Lake Whatcom Park. The Chanterelle Trail leads from an existing trailhead to an improved overlook with views of Lake Whatcom, Bellingham, and Puget Sound. Photo: Chanterelle Overlook.

Education and Engagement
31 people participated in the Gardening Green Sustainable Landscaping Course. Attendees learned about sustainable landscaping practices and outdoor water conservation. Photo: Gardening Green tour of Stimpson Nature Preserve.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
AIS inspectors conducted 12,150 watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. Photo: Boats line up at Bloedel Donovan Check Station to be inspected for aquatic invasive species.

Land Preservation
The City of Bellingham acquired three new properties in 2017 bringing the total area of land protected in the watershed to 9,952 acres. Photo: Washington Conservation Corps members assist with installing signage at a watershed preserve.

Stormwater: Homeowner Incentive Program
29 households attended three Do-It-Yourself Native Landscaping workshops as part of the Homeowner Incentive Program. Attendees learned about native landscape design and implementation.
Photo: Native landscaping project completed in 2016.

2015-2019 Work Plan
2010-2014 Accomplishments Report
2017 Progress Report