Bloedel Donovan Stormwater Retrofit

Project Overview

This project provided a stormwater retrofit for the western park portion of Bloedel Donovan Park. This area was found to have high phosphorus and fecal contamination in the areas of turf. The park had highly compacted soils and high runoff rates that were carrying contaminants to the lake. The combination of a treatment trench and conversion of shoreline to sand beaches provides the treatment mechanisms for this area. It is estimated that the 6-acre area has reached a 90% treatment goal with an approximate phosphorus reduction of 6 lbs/year.

Completed stormwater and shoreline improvement projects at Bloedel Donovan Park included onsite stormwater mitigation, the removal of existing concrete bulkhead, beach improvements, as well as expanding native planting areas.

Project Details

  • Jurisdiction: City of Bellingham

  • Final Construction Cost: $512,000

  • Completion Date: 2015

Project Area

The Bloedel Donovan stormwater retrofits are located in the Silver Beach neighborhood.

Project Manager

Gina Austin, P.E.

Parks and Recreation - Design and Development

City of Bellingham

Phone: (360) 778-7000




Bulkhead pre-construction

After bulkhead removal and beach improvements