News and Events Postings

Free Shoreline Educational Beach Walk - July 18

posted Jun 13, 2018, 1:23 PM by Holly Faulstich

Shoreline landowners in Whatcom County are invited to attend a FREE beach walk on coastal process and shoreline erosion management. Learn how you can maintain your shoreline property and manage drainage. 

Beach walk topics include:
  • Coastal Processes
  • Erosion and drainage management
  • Armor removal and soft shore protection options
  • Native vegetation for slope stability & habitat
The beach walk will be lead by a local coastal geomorphologist, Andrea MacLennan from Coastal Geologic Services.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve
6770 Koehn Road
Blaine, WA 

Free technical site visits

A limited number of free site visits by coastal erosion specialists will also be offered to qualifying property owners. During the site visit, qualifying property owners will be provided with specific recommendations regarding management of their shoreline properties.
Who should attend?
Consider attending this beach walk and apply for a free site visit if you:
- Live on a bluff and have experienced erosion, drainage, or vegetation issues and want to find ways to reduce impacts to your property.
- Have a broad beach or low bank and want tips on how to protect your property while promoting healthy marine ecosystems.
- Are considering removing or repairing hard armoring on your shoreline.
This outreach effort is a project of the Northwest Straits Foundation in partnership with the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee, Whatcom County BBWARM program, and Whatcom Conservation District.

What's the Point? A free beach discovery event- June 16, 2018

posted May 25, 2018, 3:35 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated May 25, 2018, 3:52 PM ]

The community is invited to join Whatcom Land Trust, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee and others for an event titled “What’s the Point?” on Saturday, June 16 from 11:30 am- 3:30pm, at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. A negative tide will allow for intertidal zone exploration in an extraordinary stretch of shoreline teeming with wildlife. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone. Come join the fun!

*Photo courtesy of  Whatcom Land Trust

Terrell Creek Work Party - April 14

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:56 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 10:57 AM ]

Help plant a forest and restore salmon habitat along Terrell Creek in Birch Bay!
All ages welcome! Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) will bring the tools and gloves - all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Bring your friends, family, and enthusiasm and we'll see you at the creek on Saturday, April 14 from 9am-12pm! Click here for more information and directions.

Save the Date! Birch Bay Beach Fest & Feast - June 2

posted Mar 14, 2018, 8:43 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

Join us on June 2nd at Birch Bay State Park for family-friendly activities, a low tide critter search, scavenger hunt, educational displays and clam chowder lunch! A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon will celebrate the reopening of 129 acres of shellfish beds at the mouth of Terrell Creek after a 10 year closure as well as the dedication of new interpretive signs recently installed in the park. Whatcom Conservation District's Mobile Watershed Explorer will be on display, as well as many other children's activities and games. Stay tuned for more info!
Photo by Chuck Kinzer

Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class

posted Mar 13, 2018, 3:20 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 3:22 PM ]

Whatcom County Public Works will offer a special session of the popular Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class for Birch Bay watershed residents this spring.  In this free six-session class, participants will learn how to create sustainable residential landscapes that are beautiful, low maintenance, attract wildlife, and benefit the watershed. The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 23-May 9.

Space is limited.  Please contact Sue Taylor at (360) 671-3891 or to register. Click here for more details.

Great News! Shellfish Beds Now Reopen for Harvesting in Birch Bay

posted Jan 24, 2018, 12:36 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 11:25 AM ]

After 10 years of closure due to fecal coliform pollution, the Washington State Department of Health upgraded 129 acres of shellfish beds in Birch Bay from Prohibited to Approved for shellfish harvesting on January 16. Years of hard work and collaboration by community members, non-profit organizations, and local government working together to improve water quality in Terrell Creek, the largest tributary to Birch Bay, have resulted in improved water quality and the reopening. This is a community success worth celebrating! Thank you to everyone working to improve water quality in the Birch Bay watershed. A community celebration is being planned for later this year. For more information read the press release here.

Photo: Checking water quality at the mouth of Terrell Creek where it enters Birch Bay, credit Whatcom County Public Works

Terrell Creek Community Work Party

posted Oct 19, 2017, 3:07 PM by Holly Faulstich

Join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) on Saturday, October 21 from 9-12pm to restore salmon habitat along Terrell Creek by planting native trees and shrubs at a scenic restoration site in Birch Bay.

NSEA will provide tools, gloves, and light refreshments.

Location: From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take exit #266/Grandview. Go west for about 7 miles then take a right at the stop sign onto Jackson Road. Look for the NSEA signs and tents!

Private Stormwater Facility Maintenance Workshop

posted Aug 15, 2017, 11:19 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 3:10 PM ]

If you are part of a development with a private stormwater facility, it is required by law to be regularly maintained. To assist homeowners in understanding and evaluating the maintenance needs of the facility within their development, Whatcom County is offering a FREE workshop on this topic on Saturday, October 28. The workshop is designed to give practical and technical support on how to maintain private stormwater facilities and how to plan for future maintenance.  Contact Cathy Craver at or 360-778-6299 to sign up!

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Civic Center Building
322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham
2nd floor conference room, access through south entrance from parking lot

Walk 'n Wag in the Park

posted Aug 14, 2017, 2:48 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 2:58 PM ]

Bring your family and furry friends down to Birch Bay State Park on Friday, August 25 from 5-7pm for a 3k walk/run and a variety of fun activities! A $10 registration fee per family helps support the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 levy initiative. Discover Pass not required - it's a free parking day at the park!

Activities include:
- Hot dog picnic dinner
- Fun activities and games with your dog
- Costumes encouraged for your pet
- Pet talent show and photos
- BBWARM poop toss game and prizes!

Run with the Chums - 5k Fun Run/Walk

posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:58 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 9:00 AM ]

Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this fun event during Whatcom Water Week

Run or walk on a scenic loop through the BP Highlands and learn more about watershed health while taking care of your own health.                         
This family-friendly even offers a kids' smolt sprint, prizes and more. Click here to register!

* Free t-shirts (to the first 300 participants)

* Free raffle with lots of cool prizes

* Refreshments
* 1k Smolt Sprint for kids, ribbons for all racers

* Kids activities
* Guest speakers

* Beautiful location for a morning run or walk

* Exhibits and information tables

* Route is off the roads. Paved and gravel trails

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