News and Events Postings

Annual Run with the Chums- September 15, 2018

posted Aug 15, 2018, 3:45 PM by Holly Faulstich

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!!

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

* Free raffle with lots of cool prizes

* Refreshments

* 1k Smolt Sprint for kids at 10:00 am, 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

Volunteer Information
If you would like to help out with the event in the future sign on the WCD Volunteer Form

Gardening Green- Sustainable Landscaping Class- September 17- October 3, 2018

posted Aug 15, 2018, 3:36 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 3:38 PM ]

In this free six-session class, participants will learn how to create sustainable residential landscapes that are beautiful, low maintenance, attract wildlife and benefit water quality. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 17 at WSU Extension in Bellingham. Contact Sue Taylor at sl-­‐ or (360) 671-3891 to register. 

Free Workshop on Sound Horsekeeping; Equine Farm Planning- July 19, 2018

posted Jun 22, 2018, 11:59 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 12:00 PM ]

Free workshop, part of Whatcom Conservation District 2018-2019 Farm Speakers Series

Thursday, July 19, 2018 6-8 p.m.

Sunset Farm Equine Park

7981 Blaine Road, Blaine, WA 98230

* Photo courtesy of Whatcom Conservation District

Join special guests Michael Hipp, equine conservation planner from Snohomish Conservation District, Kulshan Veterinary equine specialist Dr. Holly Smith, local agronomists and a panel of your peers for the second workshop in the Whatcom Conservation District Farm Speakers Series. Bring questions and ideas about equine pasture management, track paddocks, composting manures, and other topics specific to managing horses on rural lands in the Puget Sound basin.

Michael Hipp is a resource planner with the Snohomish Conservation District who heads up their Sound Horsekeeping program. A native Texan, Michael built and managed a horse ranch for many years north of Amarillo, where he trained and traded ranch horses and performed rehabilitation for horses seized by law enforcement due to neglect or abuse. Michael holds degrees in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences with an Animal Science & Nutrition emphasis, and taught Biological and Animal Sciences at his alma mater Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

"It is a passion of mine to share my knowledge and experience of good horse keeping practices with everyone so that not only is the ecology of our beautiful home here preserved, but also so that the relationship a horse owner has with their horse can be improved."

Dr. Holly Smith, DVM is specialist in equine medicine and surgery and brings many years of experience in the field both in Ontario and in Whatcom County where she currently works with Kulshan Veterinary. She will discuss equine pasture management and resulting impacts on parasite cycling and herd health.

Whatcom Conservation District staff will share our resources for horse owners in Whatcom County such as rebates and grants for farm improvements, free soil testing & technical assistance, and our new manure spreader loan program.

Panelists include local horse owner and Northwest Horse Source design competition winner Robin Probst, to talk about her small farm makeover. Local landowner and Friends of Sunset Farm founder and board member Roger Edmonds will close the event with a walking tour of the conservation practices in place at the Sunset Farm Equine Park.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The BBWARM 2017 Annual Report and Financial Report Now Available!

posted Jun 20, 2018, 2:53 PM by Holly Faulstich

The BBWARM 2017 Annual Re
port and Financial Report are available for download on our About BBWARM page. The Annual Report provides a summary of BBWARM stormwater program activities and accomplishments for 2017. The Financial Report provides a detailed account of the BBWARM fund balance and 2017 expenditures by program area. If you would like a hard copy of these reports or would like additional information, please contact Holly Faulstich at (360) 778-6290 or

Free Shoreline Educational Beach Walk - July 18

posted Jun 13, 2018, 1:23 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

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 led 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.

Register for the beach walk at

Or click here to request a free site assessment:

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

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