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 regular business meeting will be held December 11, 2019 from 6-8pm at the BP Heron Center 7290 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA.

*Parking fees will be covered for individuals attending the meeting. Please bring your Discover Pass if you have one.

NEWS & EVENTS

*Click here for a full list of upcoming and past events.

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!

Construction by Iverson Earth Works, LLC began on Monday, September 16, 2019.

This project will improve drainage along Birch Bay Drive by installing an upsized storm pipe conveyance system along Birch Bay Drive between Pt. Whitehorn Road and Holeman Ave. This project will also construct a new outfall off of Pt. Whitehorn Road into an existing pond as the existing outfall ditch to the Beaver Pond is becoming heavily incised and eroded. Click here for more information on this Capital Improvement Project, and to check for weekly updates.

Watershed Watchers Adopt-a-Block Kits Available Now!

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 Lars Olson via email: LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.

October 19, 2019

10:00 AM

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.

Click here for more information.


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 as we 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 by November 4th to Lars Olson: LOlson@co.whatcom.wa.us.

November 23, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NSEA Terrell Creek Work Party

Park at 7039 Jackson Rd

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.

Click here for more information.


December 11, 2019

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

December Advisory Committee Meeting

BP Heron Center, Birch Bay State Park

The next Advisory Committee meeting will be held December 11, 2019 from 6-8pm at the BP Heron Center 7290 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA.

*Parking fees will be covered for individuals attending the meeting. Please bring your Discover Pass if you have one.

Adopt-a-Block Lawn Signs

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.

BBWARM Financial & Annual Report Now Available

Click here to view to latest BBWARM Financial & Annual Report.