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December 29, 2016: Lummi Nation to discuss water quality monitoring program at Tenmile Clean Water Project meeting

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Natural Resources Department staff will present on long-time program monitoring surface and ground water, status of Portage Bay shellfish beds.

A specialist with the Lummi Nation’s Natural Resources Department will present on a long-time program monitoring surface and ground water and the status of Portage Bay shellfish beds during a monthly public meeting of the Tenmile Clean Water Project from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11th, at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Tenmile Clean Water Project is a citizen group working to lower fecal coliform bacteria levels in Tenmile, Fourmile, and Deer Creeks, to help these lowland Nooksack River tributaries meet water quality criteria. The group is coordinated by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

The Lummi Nation has undertaken an ongoing surface and ground water quality monitoring program since 1993. The purpose of the program is to document baseline conditions of Lummi Nation Waters and evaluate compliance with Lummi Nation Surface Water Quality Standards. Hanna Winter, Water Resources Specialist I at the Lummi Nation’s Natural Resources Department, will be the presenter.

The Lummi Nation Water Resources Division collects water quality data from 62 surface water sites and 34 groundwater sites. The primary water quality concern for surface waters is fecal coliform contamination and the subsequent closure of shellfish growing areas in Portage Bay. The primary concern for ground water is saltwater intrusion and ground water mining. The Lummi Nation Water Quality Monitoring Program aims to protect sensitive shellfish growing areas on Tribal tidelands, freshwater habitats, and drinking water sources (i.e. groundwater).

Tenmile Clean Water Project public meetings take place at Bellewood Acres on the second Wednesday of each month. More information about the Tenmile Clean Water Project can be found at

Media Contact: Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper,, 360-733-8307