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Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District


September 2016
Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest a Success

The 37th Annual Discover Birch Bay Days featured a parade, crab derby, chainsaw carving contest, children's olympics, arts and crafts and much more! Over 100 visitors stopped by the BBWARM booth to learn about stormwater projects and water quality issues in Birch Bay, as well as participate in the water steward scavenger hunt. Fun was had by all!

Photos clockwise from upper left: New Program Specialist, Holly Faulstich, staffs the BBWARM booth; Whatcom MRC member, Doug Stark, teaches a crowd about clams; Doug shows off his touch tank of critters gathered from the bay; a family paints oyster shells at the Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum booth.
September BBWARM Meeting
The next BBWARM Advisory Committee meeting will be Wednesday, September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Horizon Conference Building in Bay Horizon Park.  You can view the 2016 meeting schedule and meeting documents on the Advisory Committee page on the BBWARM website. 

Please join us to hear updates from the Birch Bay Shellfish Protection District and the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)!
How is the Water Quality in Birch Bay? 

Regular water quality monitoring of Terrell Creek and coastal drainages continues. Based on three-year averages, none of the sampling sites are meeting the freshwater health standards, though many sites have been dry or stagnant for the past few months. Click here to view the latest water quality results for Birch Bay/Terrell Creek or visit the Whatcom County Public Works' Water Quality Monitoring Results page for links to online maps and status reports for focus areas throughout Whatcom County.

Check out the latest ECOconnect blog post from the Dept. of Ecology: Water quality declining in Whatcom County - but work is underway.
The shellfish harvesting areas at the mouth of Terrell Creek remain closed due to pollution.
See the Washington State Department of Health’s Shellfish Safety Information map for the most up-to-date information. Check before you dig!
Don't Forget to Sign Up for Run with the Chums!

Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 24. Join the Chums of Terrell Creek, Whatcom Conservation District, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and BBWARM as we celebrate "Healthy Water, Healthy People!" Registration is FREE and the first 300 participants will receive a free event t-shirt! Click here for more information and registration. Family and dog friendly event!
Water - It's Everybody's Business. Celebrate Whatcom Water Week!

Whatcom Water Week celebrates our local water resources through a series of free events from Saturday, September 24 to Saturday, October 1. Some new and exciting events this year including the Streams of Thought Film Festival with showings of four films focusing on locally relevant water-related topics plus a family-friendly film for kids.  Also new this year is a social media photo contest on Whatcom Watersheds Information Network’s Facebook page where everyone is encouraged to submit photos showcasing the importance of water in Whatcom County.  Whatcom Water Week will end with the inaugural SeaFeast celebration on the Bellingham waterfront.  Other popular events are back this year including the Run with the Chums 5k fun run, preschool story time, a rainwater irrigation workshop, and tours of local water and waste water treatment plants.  All events are free, but some require pre-registration.  More information on the full schedule of events is available at or download the mobile app at   
Free Rain Barrels Provided to Birch Bay Residents

Staff from BBWARM and the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District taught a rain barrel workshop on September 1st to participants in the 6-day 'Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping' class. The photo on the left shows an innovative horizontal barrel installation by one of the class participants (Credit: Gail Garman).
Birch Bay in the News Upcoming Events
Baby on the Way!
Holly will be on maternity leave from ~October 14 - January 23. The monthly BBWARM e-newsletter may take a temporary hiatus during this time, but will resume in the new year!
What is BBWARM?
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District is the stormwater management district for the Birch Bay watershed.  BBWARM was established by the Whatcom County Council to address citizen concerns about water quality, flooding, and the loss of aquatic habitat.
Visit our website to learn about BBWARM programs, history, and funding.  Sign up to receive email notifications of meetings and special events. 
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