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.


Advisory Committee Meeting:

The next meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held on October 12th from 6-8pm at the BP Heron Center. The general public is invited to join us, and a public comment period will be held at the beginning of the meeting.


*Click here for a full list of past events.

Help Create Salmon Habitat in Terrell Creek

Salmon spawning has begun in Whatcom County, including in Terrell Creek! BBWARM has worked hard with NSEA, and the Whatcom Conservation District to restore salmon habitat and remove fish passage barriers along Terrell Creek. You may find salmon in areas you have not seen them before!

Do you want to help the salmon in your watershed? Join BBWARM, Whatcom Conservation District, and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at a Terrell Creek Restoration Party on November 19th and November 26th! Learn more and register at:

The 10th Annual Run with the Chums was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 10th Annual Run with the Chums 5K Fun Run/Walk! We all had so much fun celebrating healthy water, healthy people, and healthy habitat! For anyone who was not able to be there in person or would like to see more photos of the event, Whatcom CD has posted an event re-cap on their blog.

Thanks for Taking the Car Care Pledge!

Our staff celebrated Whatcom Water Week last month by talking with over 60 community community members along the berm. We chatted about ways to prevent water pollution and tips on water use efficiency. Many people signed our car care pledge which asked people to wash their car responsibly, check for leaks, and check their tire pressure to help protect water quality. We also distributed some useful tools to help with car care, pet waste management, and water use efficiency.

Landowner Spotlight: Elie Friedlob

Elie Friedlob has been a champion for Birch Bay and the Terrell Creek watershed since moving to the area in 2002. Community partnerships have been the backbone of her work. She is quoted as saying, "It's essential in any environmental activism or initiative to have as deep of community roots as you can get, and you have to keep working at it.” One of the initiatives that Friedlob helped to develop is the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District (BBWARM). Without her community focus and drive, this organization would not exist to help the Birch Bay community protect water quality and reduce stormwater impacts.

Read more about Elie Friedlob and her journey in Birch Bay through the beautiful article originally published by Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.