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Make a difference and connect with your community! Whether it’s a tour of Bellingham’s waterfront restoration projects or Green Drinks at a local brewery, we have a better time when you’re with us.

Take a virtual tour of Blaine waterfront’s Sea K Fish toxic cleanup site

Learn about this historically contaminated site and send the Dept. of Ecology your comments about the cleanup plan!
Submit a public comment on the site’s cleanup here between October 12th and November 10th, 2020.

Get familiar with a cleanup site along Blaine’s waterfront that is contaminated from past petroleum storage and fish oil processing operations. You can have a say in how the Washington state Department of Ecology might address the contaminants!

Learn more about the Sea K Fish site.

Submit a public comment on the site’s cleanup here between October 12th and November 10th, 2020.

We’ve created a virtual Google Maps tour featuring videos with transcripts and links to learn about the site’s history and issues it faces. It will help you feel more prepared to share your thoughts with Ecology.

Try the tour

Clean trash and win a treat this Halloween week

Pick up trash any time during the week of Make A Difference Day (and Halloween), October 21st–November 1st. Most trash cleaned up wins a prize!

Don your favorite costume and hunt down the Trash Monster. Keep water trash-free during COVID’s increase of single-use items.
We invite you to remove trash from Whatcom County for Make A Difference Day! Take photos of all the bags of litter you picked up, and you or your class can win a prize if you submit a photo.

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Cherry Point Science Forum: Balance in our local food chain

Eight annual forum on Saturday, November 7th
Online  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How does the food web stay in balance in our corner of the Salish Sea, and what threats to that balance do we face? Join the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee for the 8th annual Cherry Point Science Forum. This year’s focus will be on food web interactions and how delicate the balance is between predator and prey.


  • “The Role of Marine Birds in the Cherry Point Food Web,” with Dr. John Bower of Western Washington University on marine bird monitoring, including at Cherry Point and looking at comparisons between current and past monitoring
    Dr. Bower will use Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Bird Survey data to profile species of birds that commonly utilize food resources in the Cherry Point area. Participants will learn about historical and more recent marine bird abundance changes in the Cherry Point area, and we’ll examine the ecological relationships between Cherry Point birds and aquatic food resources, including forage fish, forage fish spawn, aquatic plants, benthic organisms, and plankton.
    About the speaker: John Bower has spent 40 years studying the natural world. Getting his start as a birdwatcher, his research includes acoustic communication in bowhead whales and song sparrows, foraging competition between hummingbird species on a remote Chilean island, and the population ecology of Pacific Northwest marine birds. John has taught a wide variety of courses at Fairhaven, including “Environmental Photography,” “The Music and Science of Natural Sound,” “The Human-Animal Connection,” “Evolutionary Medicine,” and “The Folk Music Experience.” John is currently the Dean of WWU’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and recommends that your children and grandchildren consider attending Fairhaven – it is a great college!
  • “The Hooligans of the Nooksack River,” with Dr. Rachel Arnold of Northwest Indian College on finfish of the Nooksack River. Dr. Arnold will talk about population structure and biology of the Hooligans (Spirinchus thaleichthys) of the Nooksack River, WA.
    About the speaker: Dr. Rachel Arnold is the Associate Director of the Salish Sea Research Center at Northwest Indian College. She oversees a variety of genomic research programs, including population dynamics of the Longfin Smelt and community dynamics of microeukaryotes in Bellingham Bay, WA. She also teaches Genetics and Evolution at the college and engages students in a variety of culturally-relevant genomics projects.

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See previous year’s science topics and recordings


Want to do a trash cleanup on your own?

Make sure to follow the safety guidelines if you’re doing your own cleanup. Not sure where to clean? Here’s a map we made of some trash hotspots.

Keep water clean

Take a self-guided tour of Bellingham’s waterfront

Any time! Grab your smartphone with Google Maps
Complete this scavenger hunt along the way for a chance to win $25 gift certificates to The RE Store!

There are 12 toxic cleanup sites along Bellingham Bay from over 100 years of industrial activity. Use this interactive map to explore their history and how they’re being cleaned up for future use.

See the map!

Explore the waterfront

Recurring events

Meet members of Whatcom County’s environmentally minded community, hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, network, and try out delicious local brews. Hosted monthly at various local businesses and organizations, usually the first Wednesday of each month. Learn more.

Make the clean energy future happen today! Protect the Salish Sea and waters that flow into it! At our meetings, climate-conscious community members get the latest updates and plan actions for accelerating a just transition to a clean energy economy and stopping pollution in our Pacific Northwest home. Learn more. 

Our Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet is held each September. Each year, we honor outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in protecting this natural world that surrounds us. Heroes are selected in May of each year. Learn more.

Each year, our community shows up at Boundary Bay to support Community Jobs Training, a vocational training program that supports underserved workers. We’re strengthening our community by investing in those who need help the most. Join us each May for our annual benefit show, raffle and silent auction as we raise money to support our efforts to train displaced workers. Learn more.

Regular meetings and public participation opportunities

RE Sources scientists and policy experts engage in a number of public advisory groups, and we invite you to join us in advocating for good policies that protect communities and natural resources.

Join an engaged group of local environmental advocates and organizations that are working to protect and restore the Nooksack River watershed (also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 1 or WRIA 1). We meet monthly on the third Monday at 3:00 p.m. in RE Sources’ Community Library (map). All are welcome to join and participate so long as our group vision resonates with you: We envision a future Whatcom County where our community is unified in restoring and protecting a resilient ecosystem as our highest priority.

Questions? Want to join? Contact Karlee Deatherage at

Forums are held twice yearly (Spring and Fall) to increase communication and collaboration across the food system, and to connect our richly diverse community organizations together to discuss important topics and strengthen our local food system. Learn more and contact Karlee at for ways to engage beyond attending the forum.