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Whatcom Water Week events with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

posted Aug 16, 2017, 1:14 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 3:37 PM by Lee First ]

RE Sources is hosting three events as part of Whatcom Water Week, September 16-23, 2017. Get the full schedule: whatcomwaterweeks.org.

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Locust Beach
Saturday, September 16th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Locust Beach, Locust Ave, Bellingham (map
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​​Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, hundreds of thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for trash. Over the course of nearly three decades, more than 9 million volunteers have collected nearly 164 million pounds of trash.

Join the Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, and RE Sources for a local beach cleanup. Trash bags and gloves provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach.

RSVP is encouraged but not required. Contact Eleanor Hines at nws@surfrider.org for more information or to RSVP.

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Swinomish Spit
Saturday, September 16th
10:00 AM - 1:oo PM
Location provided upon registration
Join the North Sound Baykeeper for a beach cleanup as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, and be part of the hundreds of thousands of people working together internationally to rid our seas of marine debris! Learn how to utilize the CleanSwell App and paper data collection sheets to document debris and submit the data to the Ocean Conservancy. At the last beach cleanup at Swinomish Spit, we collected almost 850 pounds of debris!

Vests, gloves, and trash bags provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach. 

RSVP is required. Driving and carpool instructions will be provided upon registration. Contact srussell@padillabay.gov to RSVP. 

Beavers in the Ecosystem: Benefits and Challenges
Tuesday, September 19th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Throughout Whatcom County
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Join RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper for a tour to learn how beavers benefit water quality and how their dams help retain water that supplements low stream flows in the summer. Participants will learn how beavers benefit water quantity and quality, and how their dams help retain water that supplements low instream flows in the summer. There will also be experts along who can speak about ways to control beavers, and offer helpful advice about how humans and beavers can coexist. 

Please dress for weather and walking through wetlands. 

RSVP is required. Contact Lee First at leef@re-sources.org or (360) 220-0556 to RSVP.

Riparian Buffers and Wetlands:  A Tour of Fenton Nature Reserve
Friday, September 22nd
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location provided upon registration
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Join RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper and Whatcom Land Trust for a tour of the riparian buffers and wetlands at the Fenton Nature Reserve and learn about the array of ecological functions that wetlands provide, including habitat, groundwater recharge, and stream flows. 

This Whatcom Land Trust property is home to a gorgeous beaver pond, extensive wetlands, a salmon-bearing stream, and is one of the largest natural areas in the northern part of the county. Found near the headwaters of a tributary of Dakota Creek, is not only stunningly beautiful but it also provides many vital ecological functions- do not miss out on this fascinating educational experience!

Please dress for weather and walking along uneven terrain.

RSVP is required. Address, parking, and carpooling information will be provided upon registration. Attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver. Contact Lee First at leef@re-sources.org or (360) 220-0556 to RSVP.
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