Cottonwood Water Day, Saturday, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm

posted Jun 11, 2013, 10:08 AM by Ingrid Enschede   [ updated Jun 17, 2013, 4:06 PM ]
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BBWARM is partnering with the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee and Whatcom County Public Works and Parks Departments to host a special, family-friendly event at Cottonwood Beach on Saturday, June 22 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Look for the tent at the Cottonwood Beach North public parking area.  This event is free, and everyone is invited to come learn more about what is happening with water in the Birch Bay watershed with a focus on the Cottonwood Neighborhood.  
From the stormwater running down our roads to the creatures living in the tide flats, there is a lot going on with our water.  The Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm and Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum will be joining us.  There will be hands-on kids activities, beach naturalists walks, and more.  Come learn more about: high levels of bacteria in the creek and stormwater system, stormwater capital project construction starting in late July, noxious weeds living in Halverson Park, and eelgrass food factories in Birch Bay.  Help keep the water clean by participating in a litter clean-up.  For more information please contact Ingrid Enschede with Whatcom County Public Works Stormwater at (360) 715-7450 x50787.

Schedule of Events
10:00 - 1:00

Ongoing Activities
Cottonwood Beach North Parking Lot

Kids Activities: Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum with a marine life touch tank, bivale art and card making, shell ID, and the poop toss game!

Displays and Information on:
  • Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee
  • BBWARM Stormwater Program
  • Water Quality/Whatcom County Pollution Identification and Correction Program
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Cottonwood Neighborhood Stormwater Improvements Capital Project - construction starts in July
  • Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm
  • Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum & Salish Sea Pledge
 10:00 - 11:30     

 10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30

Beach Naturalist Guided Walks

Park 1: Shoreline & Shellfish  – Join MRC Beach Naturalist Doug Stark on a short walk along the shallower shores of Cottonwood Beach and learn about the life beneath your feet.  

Part 2: Eelgrass Garden Exploration – Venture further onto the tide flats with Naturalist Doug Stark to see what creatures the super low tide reveals in the sea's nearshore nursery. 
11:30 - 12:00Beach Litter Clean Up – Help clean up Cottonwood Beach with MRC volunteer Eleanor Hines.  Gloves, bags, and litter pickers will be provided.  
12:00 - 12:30                 Invasive Plant Walk—Would you like to learn about some of our notoriously weedy plants? Whatcom County Noxious Weed Coordinator Laurel Baldwin will lead an Invasive Plant Walk through Halverson Park.  She’ll also answer questions for you on how to best manage your botanical bullies, saving you time, money, and visits to the chiropractor.  Meet at the tents on Birch Bay Drive and Cedar Avenue.  
12:30 - 1:00    Halverson Park Litter Clean Up—Remove litter from the creek in Halverson Park and help keep the water clean with MRC volunteer Eleanor Hines.   Gloves, bags, and litter pickers will be provided.   Meet at the tents on Birch Bay Drive and Cedar Avenue.