NEWS & EVENTS
NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block Kits now Available!
The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that the Adopt-a-Block kits are now available to check out at the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center! 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 contaminants. The kits are supplied with lawn signs, safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. For more information, please contact Kate Rice via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-778-6302.
Whatcom Conservation District Event
Join the Whatcom Conservation District at their sixth annual Manure Nutrient Management Training event on Thursday, January 16 at the Mount Baker Rotary Building (1751 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264). The event is from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, but registration begins at 9:30 with coffee and donuts provided. The Whatcom Conservation District's mission is to assist land managers with their conservation choices. This event will help landowners manage their manure properly.
BBWARM Citizen Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District Citizen Advisory Committee has two vacant positions for four-year terms starting in February 2020. The BBWARM Committee assists and makes recommendations to the Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors regarding implementing the BBWARM District stormwater program. 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.
Application instructions and forms are available here or at the County Council office at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 105, Bellingham.
Applications are due on January 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
For more info, contact Lars Olson: (360) 778-6298 | LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us.
Join NSEA, Whatcom Conservation District, and BBWARM to help restore a forest for salmon along Terrell Creek! 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.
We’ll bring the tools and gloves – all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Snacks courtesy of The Bagelry and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided thanks to NSEA’s official coffee sponsor, Tony’s Coffee.
Bring your friends, family and enthusiasm, and we’ll see you at the creek! All ages are welcome. Volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Youth Liability Release Form. Minors under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
November 12, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Join us at the BP Heron Center on November 12 from 6-8 pm in order to recognize our active volunteers, train new volunteers, and explain the details of Adopt-a-Block to all who are interested. We are hosting this event in partnership with the Birch Bay Chamber which is the central hub for our volunteer equipment and information in Birch Bay.
We will also be introducing the new Water Reporter App at this event, which our Watershed Watchers volunteers can use to easily report pollution and stormwater issues. Please RSVP for this event to Lars Olson: LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us.
Orca Recovery Day
Along the Nooksack River in Ferndale
Join Whatcom Conservation District and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement to celebrate orcas by restoring critical Chinook salmon habitat along the Nooksack River in Ferndale. We will work together to plant his property, owned by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, in order to conserve the habitat that salmon thrive in. Parking TBD. Look for the blue NSEA tents to sign in.
Are You Ready For Fall?
It is time to prepare for the wet season
The fall season is critical to improving water quality. After a long, dry period much of the rain can’t soak into the soil. It runs over top of the land into ditches and creeks. During that dry period, pollutants (such as fecal bacteria from livestock, dogs, or wildlife), will build up on the land. When fall rains come, water picks up the pollutants and carries them into our ditches and creeks. Too much bacteria closes beaches to swimming and shellfish harvest.
Whatcom Clean Water Program partners have compiled a series of landowner tips for the fall to complement the 2019 Fall Strategy for the Shellfish Protection Districts. Click here for tips and more information about how you can help prevent pollution closures!
October 15, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
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. Come make direct connections with funding agencies and hear a panel of successful grant recipients from the local farm community.
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!
Birch Bay Shoreline Restoration Groundbreaking
August 2nd, 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.
July 5th, 2019
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Join us for Coffee and a Beach Clean Up on July 5th!
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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. For all the details, visit the Native Plant Sale 2019 webpage.
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 learn more.
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!
Deadline: January 8, 2019
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.
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 suggestions in 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 click here.
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.
NSEA Terrell Creek Work Party
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9 AM- 12 PM
7039 Jackson Rd
Blaine, WA 98230 Map
HELP PLANT A FOREST AND RESTORE SALMON HABITAT ALONG TERRELL CREEK!
All ages are welcome! Any unaccompanied volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a completed Liability Release Form to each work party. Bring your friends, your family and your enthusiasm and we'll see you at the creek! Click here for more information.
September 15, 2018
Run With The Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk And Smolt Sprint
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
BP Highlands, 5042 Grandview
Blaine, WA Map
The 6th Annual Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 15! Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this family-friendly Whatcom Water Week event. Run with the Chums is a fun, FREE event for all ages and the first 300 participants will receive a free event t-shirt!
Free Workshop on Sound Horeskeeping; Equine Farm Planning
July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Sunset Farm Park, 7977 Blaine Rd
Blaine, WA Map
Join special guests Michael Hipp, equine conservation planner from Snohomish Conservation District, Kulshan Veterinary equine specialist Dr. Holly Smith, local agronomists and a panel of your peers for the second workshop in the Whatcom Conservation District Farm Speakers Series. Bring questions and ideas about equine pasture management, track paddocks, composting manures, and other topics specific to managing horses on rural lands in the Puget Sound basin.
Free Shoreline Educational Beach Walk
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, 6770 Koehn Road
Blaine, WA Map
Shoreline landowners in Whatcom County are invited to attend a FREE beach walk on coastal process and shoreline erosion management. Learn how you can maintain your shoreline property and manage drainage.
The BBWARM 2017 Annual Report and Financial Report Now Available!
2017 Annual Report and Financial Report are available for download here. The Annual Report provides a summary of BBWARM stormwater program activities and accomplishments for 2017. The Financial Report provides a detailed account of the BBWARM fund balance and 2017 expenditures by program area. If you would like a hard copy of these reports or would like additional information, please contact Holly Faulstich at (360) 778-6290 or HFaulsti@co.whatcom.wa.us
What's the Point? A free beach discovery event
Wednesday, June 16, 2018 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, 6770 Koehn Road
Blaine, WA Map
The community is invited to join Whatcom Land Trust, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee and others for an event titled “What’s the Point?” on Saturday, June 16 from 11:30 am- 3:30pm, 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. Come join the fun!
Save the Date! Birch Bay Beach Fest & Feast
Saturday, June 2, 2018 11:00 AM-3:30 PM
Birch Bay State Park5105 Helweg Road
Blaine, WA +Google Map
Join us on June 2nd at Birch Bay State Park for family-friendly activities, a low tide critter search, scavenger hunt, educational displays and clam chowder lunch! A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon will celebrate the reopening of 129 acres of shellfish beds at the mouth of Terrell Creek after a 10 year closure as well as the dedication of new interpretive signs recently installed in the park. Whatcom Conservation District's Mobile Watershed Explorer will be on display, as well as many other children's activities and games. Stay tuned for more info!
Terrell Creek Work Party
Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Help plant a forest and restore salmon habitat along Terrell Creek in Birch Bay!
All ages welcome! Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) will bring the tools and gloves - all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Bring your friends, family, and enthusiasm and we'll see you at the creek on Saturday, April 14 from 9am-12pm! Click here for more information and directions.
Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class
April 23- May 9, 2018
Whatcom County Public Works will offer a special session of the popular Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class for Birch Bay watershed residents this spring. In this free six-session class, participants will learn how to create sustainable residential landscapes that are beautiful, low maintenance, attract wildlife, and benefit the watershed. The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 23-May 9.
Great News! Shellfish Beds Now Reopen for Harvesting in Birch Bay
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.