RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper Team is charged with protecting and restoring the marine and nearshore habitats of the northern Puget Sound region. We take a collaborative approach, working in coalition with other organizations, interacting and partnering with agency staff and decision makers, offering technical assistance trainings for businesses, and encouraging public involvement and stewardship through educational events and volunteer programs.
Rain Garden Tour de Bellingham - June 1, 9:30am to 12:30
The Rain Garden Tour de Bellingham will showcase a variety of local rain gardens, showing homeowners a new way to help prevent stormwater pollution in their yards. Participants will board a bus with local rain garden experts and begin a tour of rain gardens around Lake Whatcom and throughout Bellingham.
Stormwater experts from local organizations are collaborating to bring homeowners this comprehensive guided tour, including RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Connections, the City of Bellingham, and WSU Whatcom County Extension. The tour cost is $20 to cover the cost of transportation and lunch. Register at http://raingardentour.brownpapertickets.com to reserve your space and find out where to meet the bus.
Stormwater Treatment at WWU - A Free Tour - June 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
This tour will highlight the stormwater treatment system that serves the south campus area, and will be co-lead by David Willett AIA, Project Manager Architect, and Dr. John Rybczyk, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science, WWU. Meet at 1:30 pm at the lower parking lot, Buchanen Towers, WWU. Board WTA Bus #90A at Lincoln Creek Park and Ride at 1:15 or purchase a parking lot permit at WWU and park in a nearby lot. More info here.
It's Almost Summer - Time for Canoe School!
Stormwater University Continuing Workshop Series
We've begun filming four short videos about how to maintain stormwater facilities, including catch basins, control structures, oil water separators, and vegetation around stormwater ponds. Stay tuned!
Check out our new series of pollution prevention fact/sheet posters below:
Thanks to 35 volunteers who helped at the 2nd Annual Restore Little Squalicum Work Party!
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is excited to organize up to four annual work parties to restore health to the wetlands and streambed of Little Squalicum Park. The newly replanted wetlands and riparian habitats, integral to maintaining water quality and habitat for native species, are vulnerable to invasive species encroaching before re-plantings become fully established.
Volunteers met new friends as they weeded, mulched, and thinned the new seedlings.
We even had a surprise visit from Wayne Drop...who didn't work very hard, but he was fun to have around.
Sediment CleanupsRE Sources is engaged in all of the major cleanup processes in Whatcom and Skagit counties, including the Bellingham Bay cleanups, participating in the planning process, focusing on habitat development and commenting on cleanup documents.
The state is announcing a new toll-free reporting and information line for citizens who spot marine debris on Washington beaches. Beachgoers are encouraged to call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) to report marine debris.
People who call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) can:
. Report oil and hazardous items to the National Response Center and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) by pressing "1."
. Report large floating debris items that might pose a boating or navigation hazard by pressing "2."
. Get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous.
You're also encouraged to remove and dispose of small debris items such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles or small appliances. If an item appears to have sentimental value to those who owned it, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requests that you move the item to a safe place and email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coastal beaches are experiencing an increase in marine debris, likely resulting from the March 11, 2011, tsunami that devastated Japan, claiming nearly 16,000 lives. According to NOAA, a portion of the tsunami debris that washed into the Pacific Ocean has been arriving on U.S. and Canadian shores, including Washington. NOAA predicts tsunami debris will show up on our shores intermittently during the next several years. However, it is unknown where and what types of debris might arrive.
NOAA encourages beachgoers and boaters, if possible, to take photos of marine debris suspected to be from the Japanese tsunami, to note the location, and to email the information to email@example.com.
Public Education and Constituency Building
RE Sources has deep roots in public education—we believe that we cannot solve our environmental problems without an educated citizenry that is willing to not only embrace lifestyle change, but also advocate on behalf of the environment. Our public involvement includes the Beach Naturalist program, articles and e-newsletters.
Contact the North Sound Baykeeper Team for more information:
Matt Krogh, North Sound Baykeeper
Wendy Steffensen, Lead Scientist
Lee First, Pollution Prevention Specialist
New links: Check out our Baykeeper Blog and Facebook page!
Citizen Science Brigade
As the Baykeeper Team continues to fight to protect habitat and water quality, we stay grateful for the support of our donors and volunteers.