BIRCH BAY WATERSHED & AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Advisory Committee Meeting:

The next BBWARM Advisory Committee meeting will be held via Zoom on January 19th from 6-8pm. This meeting is open to the public. The Zoom meeting info will be posted on our Advisory Committee page.

NEWS & EVENTS

*Click here for a full list of past events.

Watershed Watchers Kits Available Now!

The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that 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! It's the wet season, so 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 Kendall Burke via email: KEBurke@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.

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2021 We Scoop Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Judge's Choice Winners in the 2021 "We Scoop" photo contest! Polling just started for our People's Choice winners on Facebook. So cast your vote on the Facebook page until October 25th!


In addition to our photo contest winners, four pet parents who took our pledge to scoop regularly received a scooping prize pack.


Thank you to all our participants for being part of the solution to pet poop pollution in Whatcom County - Scoop it, Bag it, and Trash it!

www.whatcomcounty.us/scooppoop

Terrell Creek Habitat Improvement Project Complete

Eight Flexi-Baffles were installed in the concrete box culvert under Kickerville Road last week! What are Flexi-Baffles, you may ask? They are flexible barriers that alter water flow through culverts, slowing the speed and raising the water level so that fish can pass through to their spawning grounds (similar to a fish ladder). This fish passage project under Kickerville Road is one of many habitat improvement projects along Terrell Creek completed by BBWARM in partnership with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

Free Virtual Workshop: Vegetation Management for Shoreline Landowners

The Northwest Straits Foundation invites you to attend a free virtual workshop series on Thursday, October 21st from 6:00-8:00pm to learn about the benefits of using native vegetation for slope stability and habitat. Some additional workshop topics include: soil composition and drainage, removing invasive plant species, native plant selection, and planting techniques for bluffs and shoreline properties.

To learn more or to sign up, visit the Northwest Straits Foundation website.

Cherry Point Science Forum

RE Sources is hosting their 2021 Cherry Point Science Forum October 30th from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Harley, Professor at the University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology and Casey McLean, executive director and veterinary nurse at Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research (SR3).


Topics include marine mammals and the implications of the summer heat wave along with longer term patterns of environmental and ecological change in our coastal marine ecosystems.


To learn more or sign up, visit the Cherry Point Science Forum website.

NSEA Terrell Creek Work Party

Join BBWARM, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Whatcom Conservation District as we continue restoration along Terrell Creek for chum, coho, and winter steelhead.

Parking is available in the lot at 7039 Jackson Rd, Blaine, WA, 98230 – look for the blue NSEA tents! Arrive anytime between 9-10 am to sign in and hop on our shuttle bus to the restoration site to the restoration site around the corner, and masks are required. Additional information and reminders will be emailed to registered participants.

Visit the Whatcom Conservation District website to sign up.