WATERSHED WATCHERS

BIRCH BAY ADOPT-A-BLOCK

Get Your Adopt-a-Block Sign Today!

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.

Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block Kits are now Available!

The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that our 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 Holly Faulstich: hfaulsti@co.whatcom.wa.us, (360) 778.6210

WAYS TO PROTECT OUR BAY


Does your neighborhood have drainage, flooding or erosion issues? Have you noticed poor water quality in Terrell Creek or trash on Birch Bay beaches? If so, consider volunteering your time with the new Watershed Watchers Program to help solve these problems.

This collaborative effort between the Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District and the Whatcom Conservation District is designed to give concerned citizens and environmental stewards an opportunity to improve their community through beach clean-ups, education & outreach, stormwater monitoring, habitat restoration, water quality improvements, and more.

Watershed Watcher volunteers are trained to monitor conditions and report problems associated with poor drainage, inadequate infrastructure, maintenance needs, pollution, illegal dumping, and/or indicators of bluff failure. Proactive monitoring will help us identify:

1. Maintenance needs (i.e. cleaning out ditches/catch basins)

2. Chronic flooding, erosion issues and potential bluff failures

3. Water quality, spills, or pollution problems

4. Habitat improvement opportunities

Stay tuned for information on our next training session, or contact Holly Faulstich at (360) 778-6290, HFaulsti@co.whatcom.wa.us to find out ways to get involved.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

FEEDBACK NEEDED

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!

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