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Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District


November 2017
Terrell Creek Salmon Habitat Improvements

Another section of Terrell Creek is now restored for salmon habitat, thanks to BBWARM and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). Approximately 400 feet of stream channel between Brown and Aldergrove Roads were restored with large woody debris, spawning gravel, step pools and native vegetation. BBWARM purchased materials for the project and NSEA provided the labor and coordinated logistics.
Stormwater Capital Improvement Project Update

In preparation for the Harborview Road & Birch Bay Drive Storm Drainage Improvements Project, archaeological sampling was conducted on October 23-24 at four locations along Birch Bay Drive and Harborview Road (pictured left). The draft sampling report has been issued and final edits are underway. BBWARM staff are coordinating with the design consultant to work out project logistics and schedules.
The Cottonwood Drive Stormwater Improvements Project, complete with native vegetation, is pictured below with a lovely dusting of snow!
No BBWARM Meeting in November
The next regular business meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Horizon Conference Building in Bay Horizon Park. 

You can view the 2017 meeting schedule and meeting documents on the Advisory Committee page on the BBWARM website. 
BBWARM's Maintenance and Small Works program has been busy this year! Extensive jetting/vactoring, video inspections and ditch maintenance occurred throughout Birch Bay this summer. Two catch basin repairs/replacements on Henley Street are pictured above. More work is planned for the coming months!
How is the Water Quality in Birch Bay?

Fecal coliform counts were fairly low in the Terrell Creek monitoring sites in October, while the coastal sites were quite high, with only 1 of 8 samples meeting the state health standards for water quality. 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.
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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