BIRCH BAY WATERSHED & AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District was created in response to community concerns about water quality, flooding, and loss of aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay Watershed. BBWARM’s stormwater program focuses on protecting water quality and reducing stormwater impacts. Explore our website to learn more about what BBWARM is doing and how you can get involved.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Advisory Committee Meeting:

The next meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held via Zoom on January 19th from 6-8pm. Special topics for this meeting include the Semiahmoo Drive Stormwater Improvements Project public meeting and a presentation about our 2021 Landowner Stewardship Program accomplishments. The general public is invited to join us, and a public comment period will be held at the beginning of the meeting. You can find the 2022 meeting schedule, documents, and Zoom link on the BBWARM Advisory Committee page.

NEWS & EVENTS

*Click here for a full list of past events.

Rebates Available for Barn Gutters and Outlet System

Barnyard mud got you down? Gutters and downspouts on barns and shelters collect and divert clean rain water away from animal confinement areas. The purpose is to prevent the clean roof water from mixing with manure in the confinement area and contributing to mud build up and polluted runoff.


Contact Corina Cheever, ccheever@whatcomcd.org or visit www.whatcomcd.org/small-farm today for a free and confidential farm assessment to qualify for a rebate of up to $200!

Whatcom Flooding Declared a Major Disaster

President Biden declared a major disaster in Washington State on Jan. 5, 2022, and ordered federal assistance to help the communities recovering from the historic floods in November 2021. The President’s declaration will make federal funding available to Whatcom County, the Lummi Nation, and Nooksack Indian Tribe after the devastating floods and landslides. Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation funding will supplement local recovery efforts from the worst natural disaster since Whatcom County was established in 1864.


Residents and business owners can apply for assistance by registering online HERE or by calling 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Local information is available by calling the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 1-360-676-6681.


Read the full press release from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management.

Place Your Order for the Native Plant Sale!

Are you making a resolution for 2022? We can all do something to help our local wildlife populations, especially our pollinators. Native plants attract a variety of beneficial species by providing diverse habitats and food sources. Setting aside even a small section of your yard to be used as habitat can make a big difference for the birds and bees!


Visit the website to pick out your favorite pollinator-friendly native plants at the Whatcom Conservation District Native Plant Sale.


Free neighborhood native landscaping program provided by BBWARM coming in 2022! Stay tuned!

Share Your Flood Damage Photos of Public Infrastructure

Do you have flood damage photos of public infrastructure like roads, bridges, culverts, etc.? Would you be willing to share them with Whatcom County Public Works? Please email your photos with a description to MO@whatcomcounty.us.

We will use them to show the public areas to avoid on our electronic notifications and to share the extent of damage with elected officials, FEMA, and other disaster response agencies and support organizations. Our crews continue to work around the clock not just on the flood response, but also sanding frosty roads this morning. We haven't had a lot of time to take photos while we have been busy with our response efforts, and your support via photos of public infrastructure is appreciated, thank you!

Watershed Watchers Kits Available Now!

The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that kits are now available to check out at the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center! Do you know a street, park, or portion of beach that could use a little extra love? If so, we want to hear from you! It's the wet season, so we are looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses to adopt portions of the community and commit to keep them free of garbage, debris and other contaminants. The kits are supplied with lawn signs, safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. For more information, please contact Kendall Burke via email: KEBurke@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.

Help Wanted: Water Quality Sampling Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer in Birch Bay Village to collect water samples for fecal coliform bacteria monitoring once a month. Training and equipment will be provided. Sample collection dates are scheduled in coordination with sample collection in other parts of the Birch Bay watershed. This varies according to tide and other sampling needs, but usually occurs during low tide and takes approximately one hour. The sampling date is not flexible, but will be communicated at the beginning of each month.


If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Kendall Burke at keburke@co.whatcom.wa.us.