Every resident and visitor in the Birch Bay Watershed has the power to help solve stormwater problems and protect water quality through their individual choices and actions. BBWARM's education and outreach program is designed to increase public knowledge of stormwater problems and solutions and to promote citizen actions that keep pollution out of the water and reduce drainage problems. Below are some helpful tips and information on ways you can help keep pollution out of the water and reduce local drainage problems!
Preventing Water Pollution at Home
Do you have a house?
Direct runoff from your roof and driveway to a rain barrel, catch basin, or ditch.
Disposal of Toxics Facility
Disposal of Toxics (DoT) is a Whatcom County facility that accepts hazardous waste only from Whatcom County households and small businesses that qualify.
Substances accepted by DoT
- Automotive products
- Fluorescent lamps
- Good, usable latex-based paint of 1/2 full+ cans
- Lawn & garden chemicals
- Mercury thermometers
- Oil-based paint & paint products
- Used oil and fuels
If you have additional questions about household hazardous waste that isn't addressed on this website, please visit Whatcom County Health Department page, or call the Recycling Hotline at 360-778-6000.
- Maintaining your Septic System
- Visit EPA's Septic Smart website to learn more about how your septic system works and simple tips on how to properly maintain it
- YouTube video on Septic Inspections "Septic Nightmare"
Lawn & Garden
- Whatcom County Heath Department- Non-Toxic Yard Care
- Fertilize Sparingly and Caringly (PDF)
- Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety
- GreenScaping - The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard
- YouTube clip on: Healthy Lawn Care Practices