Photo by R. Grant, 2019


In 2019, 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.

2019 Highlights

Stormwater: Capital Projects
Whatcom County completed Phase II of the
Agate Bay Stormwater Improvement Project. The
project included the installation of three water
quality treatment vaults, the replacement of
failing pipes and culverts, the installation of new
pipes and catch basins, and ditch stabilization.
Photo: Installing new pipes along N Shore Road.

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation
constructed five miles of new hike and bike trail
at Lake Whatcom Park, including an extension
of the Chanterelle Trail and improvements to the
Brown Pow bike trail. Community volunteers
have supported trail construction since 2015 by
donating more than 6,000 hours of service. 
Photo: 2019 Volunteers building trail.

Education and Engagement
825 5th grade students learned about Lake
Whatcom water quality issues, water and
wastewater treatment, water conservation, and
stormwater pollution prevention through the
city’s Bellingham Water School program in 2019.
Photo: Water Plant School Tour (P. Conrad).

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspectors
conducted 12,923 watercraft inspections to
prevent the spread of AIS to Lake Whatcom and
Lake Samish. Photo: Boat being inspected at
Bloedel Donovan Check Station.

Land Preservation
The City of Bellingham acquired four new
properties in 2019 bringing the total area of land
protected in the watershed to 11,031 acres.
Photo: Washington Conservation Corps members
conduct brush cutting at Uy property.

Stormwater: Homeowner Incentive Program
77 new households participated in the
Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) in 2019. HIP
projects improved 71,645 square feet of residential
area including the largest HIP project to date,
23,443 square feet of native landscaping. Photo:
HIP participant with yard sign (J. Coe, Whatcom
Conservation Distict).

2015-2019 Work Plan
2015-2019 Accomplishments Report