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Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District


October 2018 

Looking for Ways to Give Back to Birch Bay? We Need Your Help!

Do you live in the Birch Bay or Terrell Creek Watersheds? If so, we would love to hear from you! Our beautiful bay and local waterways are home to a wide array of species that all rely on a clean and abundant water supply. Natural resource protection cannot happen without an engaged and proactive community.

In an effort to better serve the interests of the community and the environmental needs, we have developed this short, 5 minute survey and we would appreciate your feedback. Your responses will remain confidential, and the information gathered will allow BBWARM to provide more opportunities for individuals to get involved in local environmental stewardship. Start the survey now, by clicking here!

Do you know someone who would like to have their voice heard, but aren't tech-savvy? We have paper copies of the survey available at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. For more information about our program, please visit the BBWARM website.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts! We request that all surveys be submitted no later than October 20, 2018

The New BBWARM Website is Officially Live! 

Click here to check it out today. Grant Opportunities for Small Farms

Funding your dreams can be one of the trickier parts of growing your farm. Many farmers are not aware of all the resources available for financial support. Whatcom Conservation District and Cloud Mountain Farm Center are organizing a networking event on October 18th as part of the Whatcom Farm Speaker Series. Make direct connections with funding agencies and hear a panel of successful grant recipients from the local farm community. Click here for more information. 

Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day- Planting Party!

6000 North Star Road, Blaine WA

The Southern Resident Killer Whales that call Puget Sound home are critically endangered, and are among the most at-risk marine mammals in the world. In fact, the local population is down to only 74 orcas. Noise and crowding by boat traffic, chemical contaminants, as well as a scarcity of their preferred food—Chinook salmon—pose serious threats to this endangered population. 

Take action by participating in the Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day on November 10, 2018 from 9 AM-12 PM. Join the Whatcom Conservation District, Whatcom Land Trust and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) help improve salmon habitat at the Butler Creek Planting Party. This ~20-acre piece of hidden paradise is located just northeast of Lake Terrell.  Click here for more information on ways you can help our resident orcas. 

Cast your Vote in the Whatcom Water Weeks Photo Contest!

Only one day left to vote for your favorite photo celebrating water in Whatcom County. Voting is open from October 1 – 12, and can be done on the WWIN Facebook page under the Water Week Photo Contest tab. The winner will be featured in the 2019 Water Week calendar and receive a gift certificate for a sunset cruise generously donated by Gato Verde Adventure Sailing!

Below: 2017 photo contest submittal by Toni Veliz, titled: "Reaching for the Sky: the scenery is breathtaking in Birch Bay" 

Healthy Water, Healthy People!

Over 250 parents, kids, volunteers, runners, walkers, grandparents, dog owners, and community members joined the Chums of Terrell Creek to celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy People on a cloudy and damp Saturday, September 15th.  The 6th Annual Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk was a huge success.
Thank you to all the local businesses who donated prizes for this fun family friendly event! Edaleen Dairy, ModSock, Van Wingerden Home & Garden, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Flax4Life, HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle, Rad Dog, and Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 for their generous monetary support that helped make this event possible.

Small Works Project Underway 

A BBWARM small works project is underway on Alder Street at Halverson Park. The County’s M&O crew is working to stabilize a severely incised ditch that deposits stormwater into Halverson Park Creek. Channel armoring will help slow the water, reduce erosion and decrease sediment transport into the creek. Stay tuned for more updates!

How is the Water Quality in Birch Bay? 

Despite several rain events, 19 of the 30 sampling sites remained too dry to sample this past month. Of the sites that were running, fecal coliform levels remained low at all but one site. Elevated counts are anticipated after a "first flush" precipitation event this fall/winter. Click here to view the latest water quality results for Birch Bay/Terrell Creek or visit the Whatcom County Public Works' Routine Water Quality Monitoring Results page for links to online maps and status reports for focus areas throughout Whatcom County.
Hazel Lane Construction to Start October 15
The North Cottonwood Neighborhood Stormwater Improvement project on Hazel Lane has been postponed a week and construction will begin on October 15th, 2018. It will take an estimated 4-6 weeks to complete.  Visit the BBWARM website for more information and for weekly construction updates. 

For more information, contact Daniel Goger, PE, Whatcom County Public Works, 360-778-6312 or
No BBWARM Meeting in October
The next regular business meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Location to be determined. Join us for an annual report on the Terrell Creek Landowner Stewardship Program and 2018 accomplishments! 

You can view the 2019 meeting schedule and documents on the Advisory Committee page on the BBWARM website. 
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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