Birch Bay Drive Outfall Improvements

Construction on this project is scheduled for summer 2018 or 2019. For more information, contact Kraig Olason, Senior Planner, Whatcom County Public Works, 360-778-6301.
Problem Description

In December 2017, the failure of a corrugated metal outfall pipe on Point Whitehorn caused significant slope failure on a steep bluff to the shoreline, posing a critical public safety issue and the potential loss of personal property. The replacement of this outfall was scheduled for construction in 2021, but this pipe failure called for emergency action. A temporary flexible pipe (see photo below) has been installed until a permanent solution can be constructed. Tetra Tech, Inc. was hired to develop conceptual design options and provide engineering design services for the preferred solution, which is to by-pass the current outfall and route water to an existing discharge point just east of Point Whitehorn Road.

This project is under development - more information will be added soon. Check back for updates!

Construction Year: 2019

Engineer: Tetra Tech

Contractor: TBD

Construction Contract: TBD