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.

Latest News

Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting September 23, 2020

The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.

Posted: September 16, 2020

Whatcom Water Week starts this Saturday!

Whatcom Water Week is September 12 - 19. Events this year include a self-guided Lake Whatcom tour on the Chanterelle Trail in Lake Whatcom Park. There are more self-guided tours and scavenger hunts, webinars, interactive games, riddles, and virtual tours so you can learn about Whatcom Water while social distancing!

Visit for event details and to learn how to participate in the Explore Some More passport. Each event you participate in will give you the opportunity to enter into a prize drawing.

Want to learn more about water quality in our region?

Check out Water Currents, a new e-newsletter from Washington State University Extension. The Fall 2020 issue includes articles about water quality problems in rainwater runoff (stormwater), toxins leaching from roofs, the “first flush” from fall rains, and a new two-day course for anyone who wants to help clean up our waterways in the event of an oil spill.

Read the newsletter and sign up to get it delivered to your inbox quarterly.

Posted September 9, 2020