Water

  May 2019

About Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents of Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each year. The … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Social Networks a Key to Orca Survival

 Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Understanding the social networks and family bonds of Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas may be critical to keeping the endangered whales from extinction. A healthy population is … Continue reading

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  May 2019

How We Can Keep Lake Whatcom Safe and Clean

Our drinking water is at a tipping point. The drinking water source for over 100,000 Whatcom County residents, Lake Whatcom, faces an onslaught of threats — from logging and development to pesticides and invasive mussels hitching rides on uninspected boats. … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Bicycling and Wellness

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the May 1999 issue of Whatcom Watch.                           … Continue reading

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  May 2019

San Juan Island Oil Spill on Earth Day

On Earth Day [Thursday, April 22, 1999] we had a small, but significant oil spill reach the west side of the San Juan Islands. The source has yet to be identified. First thing Thursday morning, Earth Day, I received a … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Whatcom Conservation District 2019 Election Results

Ballots were tallied in the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse. Total votes counted in recent elections. 2018 — 4,398 2017 — 4,788 2016 — 1,221 2015 — 4,017 As of April 3, 2019, the unofficial results: Valeri Wade … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at March 11, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 44. Relinquish a portion of a utility easement located on the north right-of-way boundary of Barkley Boulevard, between unimproved Rimland Drive and St. Clair Street? (Public hearing held.) The right-of-way … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at March 12, 2019 Meeting Shall the council: 58. Authorize the executive to sign a $216,883 contract with the Whatcom Conservation District for the homeowner incentive program? At the 7/9/2013 meeting, vote #111, the council voted to partner … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at March 5, 2019 Meeting Shall the commission: 31. Authorize the executive director to award the low bid of $335,320 to Barron Heating and Air Conditioning of Ferndale for air handling units? The Fairhaven Station units have been … Continue reading

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