Tenmile Clean Water Project

Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project Committee - Next Meeting is December 10th, 2014

The most recent fecal coliform data and November meeting agenda is here.  Draft minutes from the November  12th meeting are here.

A presentation titled "Reducing Fecal Bacteria Pollution in Whatcom County" by WA Dept of Ecology 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 "Homeowner Septic System Evaluation Training" created by the Whatcom County Health Department is located here.

What is the Tenmile Clean Water Project?


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.



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.  







 Mission Statement
The mission of the Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project is to set a path forward to reduce fecal coliform levels in the Tenmile Creek drainage (which includes Tenmile, Deer and Fourmile Creeks) so that bacteria levels meet the water quality standards and TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) standards over the long term.  The Committee will work together to develop the path, actions and activities that will engage neighbors and community members in the goal of reducing fecal coliform levels in the creek.  RE Sources staff will assist the committee with logistical and research needs, and any other tasks deemed appropriate by the committee and staff.  The committee will review all decisions as a whole, speak as a group, be adaptive and flexible, and practice adaptive management when necessary. 

Read the Committee Charter Document here.
  • The Committee consists of  members who will volunteer their time and energy to the goal of reducing fecal coliform levels in the watershed.   All are welcome.
  • Members agree to serve on the committee through November 2014. 
  • The Committee will develop a work plan, and will be guided by this work plan.  The work plan may include some of the following projects:
                    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.
                   

Past Fecal Coliform Sampling Data

Read about the Whatcom Clean Water Project here.

Historical data for Tenmile watershed is located here.  Note - this is a large file, may not work on some computers.

Past Presentations and Minutes

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:  "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

MEETING MINUTES:
Final minutes from the October 8th 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 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 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


https://sites.google.com/a/re-sources.org/main-2/tenmile-creek/Map%20of%20Tenmile%20watershed.jpg


Click to see a map of sample locations within the Tenmile Creek Watershed:

https://sites.google.com/a/re-sources.org/main-2/tenmile-creek/Map%20of%20sample%20locations.jpg?attredirects=0




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