Every resident and visitor in the Birch Bay Watershed has the power to help solve stormwater problems and protect water quality through their individual choices and actions. BBWARM's education and outreach program is designed to increase public knowledge of stormwater problems and solutions and to promote citizen actions that keep pollution out of the water and reduce drainage problems. Below are some helpful tips and information on ways you can help keep pollution out of the water and reduce local drainage problems!


1. Do you have a pet?

Pick up pet waste and put it in the trash. Click here for more information on pet waste.

2. Do you have a septic system?

Inspect and maintain it. Visit Whatcom County Public Works for more septic system resources.

3. Do you have a car?

Fix oil leaks and use a commercial car wash. Click here for information on safe disposal of automotive fluids.

4. Do you have a house?

Direct runoff from your roof and driveway to a rain barrel, catch basin, or ditch.

5. Do you have a yard?

Compost yard debris away from waterways. Click here for low cost compost bins ideas.

6. Do you like trees?

Plant native trees and shrubs near waterways. Or help the community by attending a local tree planting.

7. Do you like gardening?

Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides. Visit Environmental Protection Agency for tips on environmentally friendly lawn and garden practices.

8. Do you own livestock?

Use a farm plan. Visit Whatcom Conservation District to find out more ways to improve your farm and pasture management.

9. Do you think raccoons are cute?

Please don’t feed the wildlife—fecal matter from urban wildlife pollutes our water. Learn more here or visit Whatcom County Public Works.

10. Do you have public stormdrains near your house?

Keep stormdrains free of debris and pollution. Become a steward by adopting a block. Visits the Watershed Watchers page for more information.


Hazardous Waste

Disposal of Toxics (DoT) is a Whatcom County facility that accepts hazardous waste only from Whatcom County households and small businesses that qualify.

Substances accepted by DoT

We accept:

      • Automotive products
      • Cleaners
      • Fluorescent lamps
      • Good, usable latex-based paint of 1/2 full+ cans
      • Lawn & garden chemicals
      • Mercury thermometers
      • Oil-based paint & paint products
      • Solvents
      • Used oil and fuels

Get Informed

If you have additional questions about household hazardous waste that isn't addressed on this website, please visit Whatcom County Health Department page, or call the Recycling Hotline at 360-778-6000.