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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.




Deadline Extended!

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!

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November 10, 2018

Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day- Planting Party!

November 10, 2018- 9 AM-12 PM.

6000 North Star Road

Blaine WA 98230 Map

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.

October 20, 2018

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!

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July 19, 2018

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.

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July 18, 2018

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.

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June 20, 2018

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

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June 16, 2018

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!

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June 2, 2018

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!

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April 14, 2018

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.

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April 23, 2018

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.

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January 24, 2018

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.

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