BIRCH BAY WATERSHED & AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District was created in response to community concerns about water quality, flooding, and loss of aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay Watershed. BBWARM’s stormwater program focuses on protecting water quality and reducing stormwater impacts. Explore our website to learn more about what BBWARM is doing and how you can get involved.
Adopt-a-Block Lawn Signs
Would you like your very own BBWARM Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block lawn sign? Adopt a section of road, beach, stream or park within Birch Bay and commit to keeping it free of trash and debris- it's that simple! As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Let's all pitch in and keep this beautiful bay clean! To get involved in the program, contact Holly Faulstich.
August 2, 2019
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Cherry Point Beach Cleanup
The Whatcom MRC and Cherry Point Industries are calling volunteers to the August 2nd Cherry Point Beach Cleanup. The cleanup will begin at the BP Cherry Point Recreation Area (south end of Jackson Road) and will go from 9 AM-12PM. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. BBWARM will be on site with information on our new Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block program. There will be giveaways, food, prizes and more! To be grated access at the BP security gate, volunteers must RSVP to Austin Rose by Friday, July 26th. Click here for more information on the cleanup.
Save the Date! Run with the Chums 2019
Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this fun event during Whatcom Water Week!
Run or walk on a scenic loop through the BP Highlands and learn more about watershed health while taking care of your own health.
This family friendly even offers a kids' smolt sprint, prizes and more!!
* Free t-shirts (to the first 300 participants)
* Free raffle with lots of cool prizes
* 1k Smolt Sprint for kids at 10:00 am, ribbons for all racers
* Kids activities
* Guest speakers
* Beautiful location for a morning run or walk
* Exhibits and information tables
* Route is off the roads. Paved and gravel trails
Visit the Whatcom Conservation District website for more information!
Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block Kits Available Now!
The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that the Adopt-A-Block kits are now available to sign out! Do you know a street, park, or portion of beach that could use a little extra love? If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses to adopt portions of the community and commit to keep them free of garbage, debris and other contaminates. The kits are supplied with safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. Lawn signs and window decals are coming soon! For more information, please contact Ashley McCaughan via email AMcCaugh@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.
July 5, 2019
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Although July 4th is a day filled with excitement, celebration and fireworks, the Birch Bay community is left with the not-so-fun aftermath: TRASH…and lots of it! In fact, in years past as much as 4.28 tons of trash were left on the Birch Bay beaches…that’s 8,560 pounds! Firework enthusiasts and their spectators line the beaches, partaking in the local fourth of July festivities; however, not everybody understands the impact that the garbage and firework remnants have on our local aquatic habitat. That’s where YOU come in!
On July 5th from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, BBWARM and the Whatcom Conservation District will be joining the Birch Bay Chamber and Whatcom County Health Department, among others, to clean up our beaches and bay. Please join us on the beach in front of the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center (a.k.a. Chamber of Commerce) for coffee and brownies before we get our hands dirty. Garbage bags and waste disposal will be made available. We only need your people-power. Tell your friends, family and neighbors! We will also have information on our new Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block program and how you can a yard sign, highlighting your Birch Bay stewardship.We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Holly Faulstich or Doralee Booth.
June 19, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
June 15th, 2019
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
The community is invited to join BBWARM, Whatcom Land Trust, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee and others for an event titled “What’s the Point?” on Saturday, June 15 at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. A negative tide will allow for intertidal zone exploration in an extraordinary stretch of shoreline teeming with wildlife. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone.
June 8th, 2019
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
April 28, 2019
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Birch Bay Beach Cleanup
Join the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at the Birch Bay Beach Cleanup, on April 28th from 11-4pm. Cleanup will begin at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. For more information, call 306-371-5004.
March 30, 2019
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Terrell Creek on BP Property, Blaine
From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take Exit 266 (WA-548 N/ Grandview Rd.). Turn left on Grandview Rd. and continue for 7 miles. Turn right on Jackson Rd. and park at the former Birch Bay Bible Community Church (7039 Jackson Rd.).
Look for the blue NSEA tents to sign-in and catch a shuttle to the restoration site.
26th Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo
Spring is Coming!
The Whatcom Conservation District’s Annual Native Plant Sale has been providing low cost, native plants to the residents and visitors of Whatcom County for more that two decades! This year we have over 40 species of native, bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials! For the first time, we will be accepting pre-orders, online only and have discontinued the old paper forms.
Since 1993, the purpose of the sale has been to promote stewardship of our natural resources and help get native plants in the ground. The Expo is a great family friendly event with local nurseries offering even more plant choices and community education groups enlightening you about local issues. Click here to read more.
March 15-17, 2019
Wings Over Water
Northwest Birding Festival
The 17th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival March 15 – 17, 2019 in Blaine, Washington celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay at the northwest corner of Washington State. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) and is the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. Click here to view the schedule and learn more about the event.
March 2, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
California Creek at Whatcom Land Trust Property, Blaine
The California Creek Estuary is situated along Drayton Harbor Road at the mouth of California Creek and consists of shoreline, estuary, open field, and forested habitat. Restoration work has begun with the demolition of two outbuildings and the removal of a mountain of blackberry and scotch broom. Now it is your turn to join NSEA, the Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom Conservation District, and BBWARM to replant the area with native vegetation form improved habitat and water quality!
*Parking will be located at Blaine High School (975 H St., Blaine, WA) look for the blue NSEA tents!
BBWARM Citizen Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District 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. Birch Bay residents interested in stormwater, water quality, and aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay watershed are encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more.
*The vacancy information will be available on the County website the first week of December; however, if you wish to apply before this date, applications can be found here. All applications will be due at 10:00 a.m. on January 8, 2019.
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 to sign up and please take a moment to share your thoughts, interests and suggestionsin this brief survey.
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 your appreciate 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!
Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day- Planting Party!
November 10, 2018- 9 AM-12 PM.
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.
After 10 years of closure due to fecal coliform pollution, the Washington State Department of Health upgraded 129 acres of shellfish beds in Birch Bay from Prohibited to Approved for shellfish harvesting on January 16. Years of hard work and collaboration by community members, non-profit organizations, and local government working together to improve water quality in Terrell Creek, the largest tributary to Birch Bay, have resulted in improved water quality and the reopening. This is a community success worth celebrating! Thank you to everyone working to improve water quality in the Birch Bay watershed. A community celebration is being planned for later this year. For more information read the press release here. Additional news stories include: Harvest restrictions lifted on 129 acres of Birch Bay, Terrell Creek Cleanup Leads to Open Shellfish Beds and These Birch Bay shellfish beds have been closed for 10 years. Here’s why they’re reopening.