WATERSHED WATCHERS

ADOPT-A-BLOCK

November 12, 2019

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Adopt-a-Block Volunteer Training and Appreciation Event

BP Heron Center

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.

Click here to view the Volunteer Training Agenda.

Report Volunteer Hours Here!

If you are an active Adopt-a-Block volunteer, please use this form to upload your volunteer hours. This helps us fund the program and lets you keep using the free equipment kits!

Get Your Own Adopt-a-Block Sign!

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.

Adopt-a-Block Kits Are 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 keeping 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 Lars Olson via email: LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6290.

THE WATER REPORTER APP

If you notice water pollution in your community, report it on the Water Reporter App or by calling the RE Sources pollution hotline at (360) 220-0556. When signing up for the app, make sure you join the North Sound Baykeepers group to report local pollution. You can also use this app or hotline to report issues related to stormwater or water quality.

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.

BECOME A WATERSHED WATCHER