We promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action.

Protect Whatcom's shorelines from climate impacts

This is Whatcom County's chance to protect its shorelines — including streams, rivers, lakes, marine shorelines, wetlands and more — from sea level rise and fiercer storm surges, and safeguard habitat critical for salmon and orcas.

Now is the time for you to speak up for shoreline protection and restoration at a Whatcom County open house:

Birch Bay: June 10th, 7-9:00 pm, at Birch Bay Bible Church, 4460 Bay Road, Birch Bay
Deming: June 19th, 7-9:00 pm, at Mount Baker High School, 4936 Deming Road, Deming
Bellingham: June 25th, 7-9:00 pm, at Civic Building Garden Room 322 N Commercial St, Bellingham

Shorelines along rivers, lakes, and marine areas are invaluable for fishing, swimming, protecting us from storms, filtering out pollutants, and provide salmon and herring habitat. Many of Whatcom's have been degraded since the late 1800s.

Our local program that governs protecting our shorelines, called the Shoreline Management Program, is going to be updated soon — and Whatcom County needs to hear from everyone that this program must address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, protect Lake Whatcom, and protect the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.

Statewide wins for orcas, clean energy, and more in the 2019 legislature

The health of the environment and Washington residents depended heavily on lawmakers’ choices this year — from a dwindling southern resident orca population to devastating wildfires exacerbated by a changing climate. After a four-month session full of community members calling on their lawmakers to tackle these issues, 42 laws related to environmental and community wellbeing passed!

Read about the successes here, including going 100% clean electricity statewide, sweeping protections for orcas, expediting toxic cleanups, protecting families from pollutants, better oversight for seasonal farmworker programs, and much more.

In collaboration with the Environmental Priorities Coalition, we advocated for and tracked several issues of significance to the people and ecosystems of the North Puget Sound. See the what the final status of key environmental priority bills we watched here.

Salish Splash! We challenge... YOU

Thursday, June 13th
5:00–6:30 PM (Splash at 5:30)
Marine Park, Bellingham (map)

Take a jump (or come and watch others take the plunge) into the Salish Sea as RE Sources and partners celebrate orca recovery! This year, the Washington State Legislature passed a critical package of orca recovery bills that address the many threats faced by Southern Resident orcas. Together, we’re celebrating this win with the Salish Splash! Challenge your friends, family, and colleagues to jump into Puget Sound with us. 

Last year, we celebrated Puget Sound being designated a No Discharge Zone, prohibiting boats from dumping raw or partially-treated sewage right into the water. See the video here.

Tour Bellingham's Waterfront by Kayak

Friday, June 28th
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Waypoint Park, 1145 Granary Ave, Bellingham (map)
Reserve your spot here — Space is limited
Suggested donation for safety and clean water: $15-$35 

Celebrate Orca Month (June) with RE Sources and Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures out on the water! Register online here.

Tour leaders will show kayakers a perspective of Bellingham Bay that can’t be seen from land, and visit sites that illuminate the history of Bellingham Bay, its past industrial contamination, cleanup and habitat improvement opportunities, and how our local bay plays a role in the health of the Salish Sea and its endangered orca population.

No experience is needed for those renting kayaks, but participants must be physically fit to paddle, and those under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian. 

Bellingham’s waterfront: New public spaces, new hope for orcas

Did you know there are many ways our little length of shoreline in Bellingham Bay can play a key role in restoring our orca population, even though orcas are rarely seen here? To start a conversation about it, Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures and our North Sound Baykeeper, Eleanor, took eight interested paddlers out on a kayak tour of Bellingham’s waterfront to celebrate Orca Month in 2018. They launched tandem kayaks from Zuanich Park for a close-up look at seven spots along the waterfront — including some sites the public hasn’t had access to for decades.  Read the North Sound Baykeeper's story here on our Clean Water Blog.

Balancing Water Supply Demands

Whatcom County depends on a reliable water supply for farms, wild salmon, healthy communities, and the outdoor lifestyle that makes this a special place to live. But plentiful water is not forever guaranteed, so we must work together to ensure enough water certainty for all, now and into the future. There’s plenty of water in the Pacific Northwest during much of the year. But only 10% of our annual rainfall occurs during the summer, when water is in greatest demand by agriculture, homes, and spawning salmon. Whatcom County is at a critical juncture in how we manage our water supply. Your input is needed to help balance the needs of all water users — including salmon. Read more. 

It takes a team effort to keep Whatcom County’s water clean

In Whatcom County, we have learned the hard way that we can’t take our good fortune for granted. From the efforts to restore Bellingham’s waterfront, you know that the cost of cleanup far exceeds the cost of prevention. You also know that declining water quality in Lake Whatcom, the drinking water source for 100,000 residents, gets more and more expensive to treat – a cost ultimately borne by you and me. 

To keep Whatcom County special, we need to be vigilant. We need to be careful. And we need to take action when pollution does taint our precious waters. That is RE Sources’ job, and we’ve done it for 35 years – upholding standards of respect, integrity, and always keeping an eye toward the future we are creating for our grandchildren. They deserve a future in which a prosperous community and clean water continue to coexist. Read more.

Voted best nonprofit in Bellingham

RE Sources was named the best nonprofit in 2015 by Cascadia Weekly readers in the "Best of Bellingham." The paper said "Some organizations are born great, others achieve greatness in the way they approach their mission. RE Sources is a little of both."  Read more in the 
Cascadia Weekly's Best of Bellingham, page 14.

We think the reason for our greatness is YOU! Thank you so much for making our victories possible.

Waterkeeper Alliance member

Our North Sound Baykeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international nonprofit that strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. The Waterkeeper Alliance is made up of over 300 organizations and affiliates protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents, with a goal of swimmable, drinkable, fishable water everywhere. Learn more.

If you see pollution, report it! Call the Pollution Hotline:  (360) 220-0556.  
Please take photos and be prepared to discuss location and details about the pollution.

Special thanks to our business sponsors and partners who help make our work possible: 

Special thanks to our cornerstone sponsor, Recycling & Disposal Services Inc (RDS), local, privately owned transfer station in Ferndale with progressive waste management practices.

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