Photo by K. Moran, 2014

Lake Whatcom is a vital resource, providing drinking water, recreation and wildlife habitat to our community. The City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District formed the Lake Whatcom Management Program in 1998 to coordinate programs and projects that restore, protect and preserve Lake Whatcom and its surrounding watershed. 

Photo by T. Ward, 2015

Our Progress

Learn more about program goals and actions. Track our progress.

Photo by G. Mednick, 2019

Get Involved

Learn more about actions you can take to help prevent pollution and protect Lake Whatcom.

Photo by City of Bellingham, 2018

What's New

Learn more about Lake Whatcom Management Program news, meetings, and events.

Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners to meet March 29th at 6:30pm

The Lake Whatcom Management Program will host its annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in-person and there will also be an on-line option via Zoom. Members of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners will be in attendance. The meeting will be open to the public and aired live on BTV. A public comment period is scheduled for this meeting, and members of the public will be given two minutes to speak each.

Additional meeting resources including the Lake Whatcom Management Program 2020-2024 Work Plan, the 2022 Lake Whatcom Management Program Progress Report, the Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project 2021/2022 Report and other documents can be found at: 

Posted March 15th, 2023

Get $10 Off Your 2023 Annual Boating Permit!

During the pandemic, the City of Bellingham offered financial relief for the Whatcom Boat Inspection program by automatically applying a $10 discount to the price of annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) boating permits required to launch on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. With the end of the Washington State COVID-19 emergency orders, annual permit costs are reverting to the pre-pandemic price structure. But the AIS boating permit discount is still available. Visit, and take the AIS Awareness Course. Complete the test to earn your "AIS Awareness Course Certificate" and a $10 online discount code for your 2023 permit purchase. Thank you for being a responsible steward of our local lakes and preventing the spread of invasive species! We look forward to seeing you on the water in 2023.  

Posted January 19th, 2023

Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting December 7, 2022

The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m.  This is a public meeting.  To attend, location information and link to join online are provided on the meeting agenda

Posted November 29, 2022

Manage your leaves to protect our water

Leaves and other yard debris can pollute our water and cause flooding when managed incorrectly. Instead of piling debris where it may leach excess nutrients or block drainage, try one of the following options:

If you can do so safely, please clear storm drains of leaves and debris or report blocked drains:

Posted November 22, 2022

October Lake Whatcom Lowdown now available

Check out the October issue of the Lake Whatcom Lowdown, our quarterly e-newsletter with watershed updates and stewardship opportunities. This latest issue provides information on the watershed work window closing, Marigold Drive Stormwater Improvements Project, We Scoop photo contest winners, storm drain marking in the Parkstone neighborhood, septic maintenance rebates, and new properties purchased to preserve forest in the watershed.  Click here to subscribe! Links to past issues are available on our Resources Page

Posted November 7, 2022