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Whatcom Boat Inspections Info Session 2014

posted Mar 20, 2014, 2:35 PM by City of Bellingham

Learn more about new 2014 boating requirements for Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish from 6:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the Bloedel Donovan Gymnasium. Staff from the Lake Whatcom Management Program will give a presentation on 2013 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program results and will be available to discuss 2014 changes to the program. 

What’s New in 2014?
• Permits are now required for non-motorized watercraft, such as kayaks and canoes.
• Inspection services will be available at Lake Samish and South Bay.
• A new AIS Awareness Course and website are launching in April! Take the course to receive a discount when purchasing your annual permits.

The Lake Whatcom Management Program (LWMP) launched the second phase of its watercraft inspection program in 2013, which required all motorized/or trailered watercraft to be inspected for AIS and to display a valid AIS permit sticker prior to launching on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. Between April 1 and October 30, LWMP staff conducted 3,192 inspections and four decontaminations at Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. See the Lake Whatcom Aquatic Invasive Species 2013 Annual Report  for results from the 2013 boating season.

For more information visit the boat inspection and permit requirements page, attend the info session, or call (360) 778-7719.


Media Contact:
Jon Hutchings, Assistant Director Natural Resources
Public Works Department
(360) 778-7977