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Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District


January 2017
Harborview Rd and Birch Bay Drive
Public Meeting Announcement

Birch Bay residents are invited to the January BBWARM Advisory committee meeting for an overview of the Harborview Road Conceptual design options. Consulting engineers at Anchor QEA have been evaluating alternative methods to address flooding issues along Harborview Road and a portion of Birch Bay Drive. Work included will be to upsize outfalls, ditches, and culverts and address flows into Cottonwood Creek. The recommended plan will be developed by February/March 2017 and finalized by the end of the year.
Join our neighbors in nearby Drayton Harbor for the
Semiahmoo Spit Beach Cleanup
January 16, 2017 

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Students for the Salish Sea are hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service beach cleanup at Semiahmoo Spit.   Participants should meet in the public parking lot at Semiahmoo Park off Semiahmoo Parkway.  The cleanup is appropriate for all ages.  Light snacks and equipment will be supplied. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and 5-gallon plastic buckets.  If you have questions, email Lindsey Gard,
January BBWARM
Advisory Committee meeting
The next BBWARM Advisory Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Horizon Conference Building in Bay Horizon Park.  The 2017 meeting schedule is in progress. All 2016 meeting documents are on the Advisory Committee page on the BBWARM website. Here you will also find the final draft of the Subwatershed Master Plan part III, which will be finalized shortly. 

Public comments and input are welcome at these meetings.

Join us next Wednesday for a final wrap up of the Subwatershed Master Plan III as well as reviews of the Harborview Rd & Birch Bay Drive Storm Drainage Improvements Project and the Cottonwood Drive Stormwater Improvements Project.  We look forward to seeing you there! 
The Subwatershed Master Plan has been added to the BBWARM website for public review.
How is the Water Quality in Birch Bay? 
Regular water quality monitoring of Terrell Creek and coastal drainages continues. Early October rains caused first flush events elevating fecal coliform counts in a majority of sampling sites within the Upper Birch Bay/Terrell Creek watershed. Counts declined in samples taken over the next month, however a spike in Terrell Creek at Jackson Rd rose above 100FC/100mL in December. 
Click here to view the latest water quality results for Birch Bay/Terrell Creek or visit the Whatcom County Public Works' Water Quality Monitoring Results page for links to online maps and status reports for focus areas throughout Whatcom County.
The shellfish harvesting areas at the mouth of Terrell Creek remain closed due to pollution.
See the Washington State Department of Health’s Shellfish Safety Information map for the most up-to-date information. Check before you dig!
Invitation to Special Showing – A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine mammals that live there.  Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of International scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.  Join the Whatcom Marine Resource Committee and the Whatcom Watershed information Network for a special viewing of this important film.
When:  January 25th 2017; 7:30 – 9:20 pm
Where: Regal Cinema Barkley Village 16 IMAX & RPX
Important Ticket Information:
 ~12 Tickets Remaining!!

Visit the link below to purchase tickets, learn more about the film and view the trailer.
Birch Bay in the News Upcoming Events
What is BBWARM?
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District is the stormwater management district for the Birch Bay watershed.  BBWARM was established by the Whatcom County Council to address citizen concerns about water quality, flooding, and the loss of aquatic habitat.
Visit our website to learn about BBWARM programs, history, and funding.  Sign up to receive email notifications of meetings and special events. 
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