The draft agenda for the September 10th meeting is located here.
A presentation titled "Homeowner Septic System Evaluation Training" is located here.
A presentation titled "Policies for Environmental Protection, Recovery, and Prosperity on the Agricultural Landscape" by George Boggs, Whatcom Conservation District Director, is located here.
The most recent fecal coliform data and last meeting agenda is here.
(here) outlines the mechanics of how the committee will operate by defining the mission, leadership, responsibilities, and basic rules under which the Committee will operate. The committee is open to everyone, meets once a month (second Wednesday of each month) at Bellewood Acres, at 6:3o pm.
A healthy Puget Sound is important for our region’s economic, cultural and ecological future. As population pressure in our region continues to grow, the Nooksack basin and Puget Sound is under threat from pollution, habitat loss, and other stresses and populations of fish and wildlife species have been receding. Fecal coliform levels are increasing in many feeder streams in the Nooksack basin. Compromised water quality can threaten human health and agricultural viability, as well as threaten the closure of downstream shellfish beds that are relied on for Tribal and commercial shellfish harvesting operations in Portage Bay. As part of the Nooksack basin, Tenmile Creek is under a TMDL, authored initially in 1995. Recent water quality trends show increasing levels of fecal coliform. This trend is not unique to Tenmile Creek.
Buffers of native vegetation help protect water quality, stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion, and create shade that lowers water temperature.
A grass filter strip helps protect water quality by slowing and absorbing agricultural runoff.
Watch Chuck's presentation here.
Read the Committee Charter Document here.
Technical work and review: Identify septic tank inspection regimes, farm practices or techniques, stream and/or buffer projects, , and/or other applicable techniques issues that might be useful to reduce levels of fecal coliform. Experts may be brought in to assist the committee with this process.
Fecal coliform testing: Additional data or sampling locations may be added to assess problem areas and solutions.
Education and outreach: Educate the surrounding community about fecal coliform. Offer informational fairs. Conduct informal “kitchen table discussions” or neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Fecal coliform data to date and other info presented at last meeting is located here.
The most recent quarterly report from the Whatcom Clean Water Project is located here.
Historical data for Tenmile watershed is located here. Note - this is a large file, may not work on some computers.
The stakeholder committee meets monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm. Interested citizens are welcomed to attend! Visit the Events Page to see the next upcoming meeting. If you want more information, contact Lee First at (360) 733 8307 or leef(at)re-sources(dot)org.
PRESENTATION #5 "Buffers 101" by Frank Corey is available here
PRESENTATION #4 "Funding for Fish Friendly Culverts" is available here
PRESENTATION #3 is available here
PRESENTATION #2 is available here
PRESENTATION #1 is available here
Additional Project Resources
Are you curious about what native fish live in Tenmile Creek? Click here to view Melissa Erkel's presentation.
Click here to view a presentation called Homeowner Septic System Evaluation Training, Provided by Whatcom County Health Department staffer James Hayes.
Click here to view a presentation about fecal coliform survivability. The author of this presentation is Stephanie Harris, US EPA Scientist.
Click here to read a report called Fourmile Creek Buffer Planting Project Progress Report, June 2013
Click to see a map of the Tenmile Creek Watershed
Click here to view a map showing stormwater outfalls in the vicinity of Tenmile and Fourmile Creeks
Click here to view a map showing stormwater outfalls in the vicinity of Deer Creek
Click to see a map of sample locations within the Tenmile Creek Watershed: