The Clean Water team is charged with monitoring and protecting our precious water resources. We use science, policy and education to reduce pollution and toxics in the Salish Sea and its uplands and address water quality and quantity issues in rural Whatcom communities.
The North Sound Baykeeper program is charged with protecting and restoring the marine and nearshore habitats of north Puget Sound. Taking a collaborative approach, the North Sound Baykeeper partners with businesses, organizations, tribes, schools, and decision makers, offering technical assistance and innovative paths toward greater stewardship. Read more.
2017 Washington State Legislature page provides information about legislative activity that would impact Whatcom County and the Salish Sea. The Clean Water program is working in collaboration with Washington Environmental Council's Environmental Priorities Coalition to bring you information on priorities including reducing toxic pollution in our communities; ensuring there is enough water for people, farms, and fish; and oil transportation safety. Read more.
Tenmile Clean Water Project is an effort by residents of the Tenmile Creek Watershed to involve the community in efforts to reduce fecal coliform levels on a voluntary basis, so that bacteria levels meet water quality and TMDL (total maximum daily load) standards. Projects include monthly meetings, on-site septic inspections, and water quality monitoring. Ongoing meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Read more.
Squalicum Clean Water Project is a campaign to connect with neighborhoods in the Squalicum Watershed, to inform people about the high levels of fecal coliform pollution in Squalicum Creek, and one of its primary sources: dog poop. The campaign also educates citizens on proper and timely disposal of dog poop on trails, in parks, and at home. Read more.
The Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment campaign brings together community members and volunteers in the Blue Green Waterfront Coalition to advocate for a safe standard of cleanup and living-wage jobs in Bellingham's proposed waterfront redevelopment. Due to state funding cuts in 2016, most community education efforts are on hold. Visit the project page to read background information, issues of concern, and ways to get involved. Read more.
Water Quality Permits page provides information about pollution permits issued under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and regulated by the state Department of Ecology. When permits come up for review, citizens can participate in the public process and comment on the details of the permit, calling for stronger environmental regulations where necessary. Read more.
Visit the Clean Water Blog for information about recent projects and campaigns, opportunities to get involved, and more.