Interested in assisting us with fecal coliform sampling? Here is an opportunity to learn the procedures and guidelines for sample collection. This special training for volunteers will be held on June 3, 2015, at Whatcom County Public Works, 322 N Commercial Street, Bellingham, from 6-8pm.
Whatcom County's routine water quality results (April 2015) for the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District posted on the Natural Resources website here. Note: the sample site "TI" is at Barrett Road, the most downstream sample site on Tenmile Creek. A map of Whatcom County's Portage Bay sampling sites is located here.
Minutes from the April 8th, 2015 meeting are here.
The Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project represents an effort by citizen stakeholders to involve the community to reduce fecal coliform levels on a voluntary basis. All efforts that are undertaken will be guided by the Committee. A committee charter (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.
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.
A map showing fecal coliform data from April 24th, 2015 is located here.
A map showing fecal coliform data from 10 sampling locations in the Tenmile watershed on March 30th, 2015 is located here.
A map showing the geometric mean for samples collected during the first year of the project is here.
A graph showing Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District fecal coliform geometric mean of sample collection sites is here. Note station "TI" is the mouth of Tenmile Creek at Barrett Road, Ferndale.
Historical data for Tenmile watershed is located here. Note - this is a large file, may not work on some computers.
A presentation from the May 13th, 2015 meeting by Andrea Hood, Whatcom Clean Water Program Coordinator, is here.
The presentation from the April 8th, 2015 monthly meeting is here.
A presentation titled "Homeowner Septic System Evaluation Training" created by the Whatcom County Health Department is here.
A presentation titled "Whatcom County's Pollution Identification & Correction Program," created by Erika Douglas for the Whatcom County Council Natural Resources Committee. This is a proposed program. The presentation describing it is here.
A presentation titled "Reducing Fecal Bacteria Pollution in Whatcom County" by WA Dept of Ecology is here.
PRESENTATION: "Reducing Bacterial Pollution from Livestock Operations " created by the Washington Department of Ecology is here.
PRESENTATION: "Policies for Environmental Protection, Recovery, and Prosperity on the Agricultural Landscape" by Whatcom Conservation District is here
PRESENTATION: "Farming for Clean Water by Whatcom Conservation District is here.
PRESENTATION: "Buffers 101" by Frank Corey is available here
PRESENTATION: "Funding for Fish Friendly Culverts" is available here
PRESENTATION from the December 2013 meeting is available here
PRESENTATION from the November 2013 meeting is available here
PRESENTATION from the October 2013 meeting is available here
Minutes from March 2015 are here
Minutes from February 2015 are here
Minutes from January 2015 are here
Minutes from Dec 2014 are here.
Minutes from Nov 2014 meeting are here.
Minutes from Oct 2014 meeting are 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 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: