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Clean Water

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

Become a North Sound Steward

Join our North Sound Stewards volunteer program and connect with a group of people passionate about protecting the North Puget Sound. The program provides free trainings and opportunities to participate in beach surveys, helping you become a qualified citizen scientist who plays an important role in protecting our marine resources. 

Volunteer groups led by marine scientists will observe sea stars, forage fish, intertidal species, and more to gather important data that informs policy, restoration efforts, cleanups, and other important projects. Read more.

2017 Legislative Session

The 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
The 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
The 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.

Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment
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
The 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.

Clean Water Blog

Visit the Clean Water Blog for information about recent projects and campaigns, opportunities to get involved, and more.

  • Citizen scientists hit the classroom and the beach to study Puget Sound's intertidal zones By Eleanor Hines, Lead Scientist, Clean Water ProgramThis spring, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is gearing up for our fifth year of intertidal surveys in the Cherry Point and ...
    Posted May 5, 2017, 2:45 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
  • North Sound Baykeeper tours Hangman Creek, Washington's most polluted stream By Lee First, North Sound BaykeeperMy favorite aspect of being a the North Sound Baykeeper is connecting with the Waterkeeper Alliance community, which includes over 315 Waterkeepers around the ...
    Posted May 4, 2017, 4:16 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
  • Legislative update on Model Toxics Control Act: Contact House capital budget committee today! This legislative session, Washington must restore and stabilize funding for the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).MTCA is a voter-approved law dedicated to cleaning up toxic waste sites, preventing ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 2:31 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
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The Clean Water program  is supported by Recycling and Disposal Services (RDS).
Since 1996, RDS has been committed to using progressive recycling technologies,
minimizing impact to our environment, and supporting quality of life in Whatcom County.