News & Events
Get $10 Off Your 2023 Annual AIS 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 whatcomboatinspections.com, 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
October Lake Whatcom Lowdown Now Available
Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Window Closing
The work window for ground disturbing activities closes September 30 in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Ground disturbing activities include clearing vegetation, adding topsoil or fill, and other activities that move or expose soil. Special regulations apply to prevent erosion during the rainy season from October 1 to May 31. Dirty water flowing into Lake Whatcom adds phosphorus, harming water quality and aquatic life. Learn more:
Thank you for taking care to prevent erosion during the rainy season.
Posted September 23, 2022
Attend a Water Week event September 10-18
Curious about Lake Whatcom water quality?
Why does Lake Whatcom have a water quality problem? What can we do about it? Watch this new short video produced by the City of Bellingham to find out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Ik4f7dvMU
posted August 29, 2022
New boat? Schedule an inspection.
We’re witnessing a surge in lake residents who have recently purchased a new or used boat. Many of the used watercraft are coming from mussel infested waters. Our inspection staff have already decontaminated 22 boats this season, more than the past two seasons combined!
If you recently purchased a boat, call 360-778-7975 to schedule your Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection (and possible decontamination) in advance and avoid delays at the launch. Thank you for helping protect our local waters from aquatic invasive species!
Posted August 24, 2022
Marigold Drive Stormwater Improvements Project
Whatcom County is improving the stormwater system on Marigold Drive in Sudden Valley. This new treatment system is designed to improve water quality from neighborhood run-oﬀ entering Lake Louise.
Construction is scheduled for mid-July through the end of September. However, weather and other factors could aﬀect the project schedule and hours. Approximate working hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays. Marigold Drive will be limited to single-lane traffic control, and both lanes will reopen on nights, weekends, and holidays.
For more info and updates visit the project web page.
Posted August 18, 2022
Save our Water. Save Your Money.
Posted July 11, 2022
Be Safe and Watch Your Wake
It's summer finally! Be safe when you’re out on the lakes. Boating speed rules and no wake zones on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish keep swimmers and boaters safe and protect the shoreline from erosion. Less erosion is better for water quality and protects shoreline vegetation and property. Review speed and safety rules for Lake Whatcom on our On the Lake Safe Boating page.
Posted: July 1, 2022
Check Your Motor. Protect Lake Whatcom.
Watershed Work Window Opens June 1
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting June 1, 2022
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. This is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted May 25, 2022
Keep Lake Whatcom in Mind When You Mow this Spring
Gather your grass clippings! Your unmanaged grass clippings may add nutrients like phosphorus to our waterways and Lake Whatcom. Nutrients feed algae blooms, which can harm water quality and wildlife. You can help manage your clippings by using FoodPlus!, bringing them to a local disposal service, or composting at home using a contained system. Go to whatcomcounty.us/yardwaste to learn more.
Posted: May 20, 2022
Learn what the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility accomplished in 2021
The 2021 Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility (LWSU) Annual Report is now available. This utility provides additional funding for Whatcom County stormwater management programs and activities in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Read the report to learn what the LWSU accomplished in 2021 and how utility funds were spent.
For more information visit: https://whatcomcounty.us/2830/Lake-Whatcom-Stormwater-Utility.
Posted: May 11, 2022
Look for the Zero
Thinking about fertilizing your lawn this spring? Remember to look for the zero! Local laws prohibit using fertilizer containing phosphorus in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Fertilizer products list three numbers from left to right for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). Make sure the middle number is zero. For more information, Phosphorus: Too Much of a Good Thing.
Posted: April 8, 2022
Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commission Meeting March 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Curious about Lake Whatcom water quality and protection efforts? The public is invited to learn more about the Lake Whatcom Management Program at an online meeting of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners. Topics discussed will include water quality monitoring and cleanup efforts, 2021 program accomplishments, and a preview of work planned for 2022.
Posted March 11, 2022
Invasive Species Awareness Week
Posted February 28, 2022
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting February 16, 2022
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is a public meeting. To attend, use the link and instructions provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted February 10, 2022
AIS Permits Available for 2022 Boating Season
Posted February 10, 2022