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Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District


November 2018 

Watershed Watchers Volunteer Info Night   

Are you interested in protecting and enhancing Birch Bay's natural environment? BBWARM is hosting a volunteer information and training night on January 8th, 2019 and would love for you to join! Click on the poster below to sign up and please take a moment to share your thoughts, interests and suggestions in this brief survey

Join the BBWARM Advisory Committee! 

The BBWARM Citizen Advisory Committee has one vacant position for a four-year term starting in February 2019. BBWARM is the stormwater management district for the Birch Bay watershed. Advisory Committee members represent the local community and BBWARM rate payers’ interests in the stormwater program for Birch Bay. Residents interested in stormwater, water quality and aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay watershed are encouraged to apply!

Updated vacancy information will be posted on the Whatcom County website in late November and applications are due January 8, 2019.

Protecting our Residents Orcas, One Tree at a Time!

BBWARM joined Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom Conservation District and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at the November 10th Orca Recovery Day; a day of action in the Terrell Creek watershed to help improve salmon habitat and benefit the local whale population. Thank you to all the volunteers and partners for planting and blue-tubing 500 trees, installing over 100 cages to protect the plants from deer browse, and digging out blackberry root crowns along Butler Creek.

Watershed Watchers Survey Deadline Extended

We are still looking for input and feedback on our Watershed Watcher Survey! 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. Start the survey now, by clicking here! A huge thank you to all those who have already participated! 

Stormwater Capital Improvement Project Update

The North Cottonwood Stormwater Improvements - Hazel Lane project reached substantial completion on November 14th. The project included installation of over 1,800 feet of storm pipe, 21 catch basins and the reconstruction of approximately 500 feet of ditches. It provides immediate drainage and water quality improvements for the neighborhood and was completed ahead of schedule with minimal neighborhood disruption.  Click here for more information on our current capital improvement projects.
No BBWARM Meeting in November
The next regular business meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, January 16 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. 

2018 Water Week Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Shari Macy, the Whatcom Water Week Photo Contest Fan Favorite Winner with her underwater photo of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic animal, the salmon, swimming up the Nooksack River toward its natal stream to complete its lifecycle.

Improving Salmon Habitat Along Terrell Creek

A special thanks to Nooksack Salmon Enhancement AssociationNorth Sound Trout Unlimited and all the volunteers who came out to the October 20th Terrell Creek Community Work Party! Some of the species they planted included: vine maple, Douglas fir, snowberry, and salmonberry. Native plants provide shade and filter groundwater before it reaches the stream, leading to cleaner, cooler water and happier salmon!
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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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