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History

Sea Shore Inn post card.
BBWARM is the product of a community-initiated effort to protect and restore aquatic and water resources in Birch Bay.  Beginning in 1999, residents and businesses around Birch Bay initiated a series of community-led planning efforts that identified problems with local flooding and water quality in the watershed.  These initial efforts resulted in the Birch Bay Economic Development Action Plan (2000) and the Birch Bay Community Plan which was adopted as a sub area plan of the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan in 2004. 
The Birch Bay Community Plan recognizes the importance of stormwater management.  It highlights local concern with the rapid rate of development in the watershed and the associated increase in stormwater runoff and water quality problems.  Following the adoption of the Community Plan, a second collaborative  planning effort between the community, Whatcom County, and a consultant took place between October 2005 and July 2006 to develop the Birch Bay Comprehensive Stormwater Plan.  The Stormwater Plan recommends the creation of a stormwater management area with a funding strategy.  The plan also recommends a wide variety of solutions to stormwater-related problems in the Birch Bay Watershed.                                                                                                                       Sea Shore Inn on Birch Bay Drive (postcard late 1950s)

On March 27, 2007, the BBWARM District was established as a subzone of the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) to manage stormwater in the Birch Bay Watershed and bring about recommendations made in the Stormwater Plan (authorized by RCW 86.15.025).  Supervision of BBWARM is the responsibility of the Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors (authorized by RCW 86.15.050).  Whatcom County Council members, by virtue of their office, are the Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors.  The Board of Supervisors appoints a five-member citizen advisory committee to guide the BBWARM stormwater program and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. 


 September 28, 2004

Whatcom County Council adopts the Birch Bay Community Plan (Ord. 2004-047)

 February 22, 2005

Whatcom County Council designates the Birch Bay Watershed as a Stormwater Special District and Water Resource Special Management Area (Ord. 2005-030)

 November 2005 – July 2006

Birch Bay Community, Whatcom County Planning & Development Services, and consultant work to develop a stormwater plan.

 May 2005 – June 2008

Birch Bay Community, Whatcom County Public Works, and consultant develop a Comprehensive Funding Plan proposal

 November 8, 2006

Whatcom County Council adopts the Birch Bay Comprehensive Stormwater Plan (Ord. 2006-070)

 March 27, 2007

Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors establish the Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resource Management District (Res. 2008-016)

 March 25, 2008

Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors appoint BBWARM Advisory Committee members (Res. 2008-016)

 July 22, 2008

Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors authorize the BBWARM subzone assessment (i.e., service charge) and set rates (Res. 2008-049 & 050)

 April 2009

Whatcom County begins collecting the BBWARM subzone assessment

July 22, 2009

Whatcom County FCZD Board of Supervisors adopts adjacent lot amendment proposal for WCC 100.07 (Res. 2009-015)

  2010 - present   

  On-going development and implementation of a stormwater program for the Birch Bay watershed.