Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District

January 2022
Monthly Newsletter with Birch Bay Watershed Updates

Photo by Holly Faulstich
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!

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.

Join the Watershed Watchers Volunteer Program

As we’ve learned from the recent flood events in Whatcom County, flooded roads and homes can be dangerous and costly. When flooding happens, local governments need to know about it. But we can’t be everywhere at once. 

That’s why we need your help! Join the Birch Bay Watershed Watchers and help report flooding in your neighborhood: https://www.bbwarm.whatcomcounty.org/get-involved/Watershed-Watchers

Have questions about the program? Email us at SWVolunteer@co.whatcom.wa.us.   

 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! 
How's the Water Quality in Birch Bay?
In December, all 24 sites that were sampled in Birch Bay met the water quality health standards for fecal coliform bacteria. Four sites in the lower watershed were not sampled due to high tides and four sites in the upper watershed were temporarily not sampled. Click here to view the latest water quality results for Birch Bay/Terrell Creek or visit the Whatcom County Public Works’ Routine Water Quality Results page for links to online maps and status reports for focus areas throughout Whatcom County. 
Quarterly Advisory Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be January 19th from 6-8pm on Zoom. Special topics include recent storm damage updates, BBWARM 2022 budget and work plan, 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. Residents impacted by flooding can join the meeting to report flood damage and discuss project possibilities with the advisory committee members and county staff. 

You can find the 2022 meeting schedule, documents, and Zoom link on the BBWARM Advisory Committee website.
Welcome, Rachel Yonemura!
We have a new part-time BBWARM temporary staff member! Her name is Rachel Yonemura and she will be helping out with our volunteer program and other outreach tasks. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and is now an Environmental Science graduate student at Western Washington University. 
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What is BBWARM? 
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District is the stormwater management district for the Birch Bay watershed managed by the Whatcom County Public Works Stormwater Division and a citizen advisory committee.  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.  

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