Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District

November 2022 - Special Edition
Monthly Newsletter with Birch Bay Watershed Updates

Community Meeting on Coastal Flooding Vulnerability & Risk Assessment
Photo of water crashing into Birch Bay parking area

Please join Whatcom County Public Works on Saturday, November 19th for a community meeting to learn more about the Whatcom County Coastal and Riverine Compound Flood Vulnerability & Risk Assessment project. The goals of the project are to better understand the compounding effects of riverine and coastal flooding along Whatcom County’s shoreline. Results will be used to inform policies and plans to build community resilience to sea level rise and flooding. We invite you to come learn about sea level rise and flooding projections, speak with the project team, and share your observations and priorities on flooding along Whatcom County’s marine shorelines and lower Nooksack riverine shorelines.

The meeting will be held on November 19th from 1-3pm at Birch Bay State Park in the BP Heron Center (7290 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA). Discover Passes are required for parking at State Parks. If you own a Discover Pass, please plan on bringing it with you. There will be limited day passes to share.

If you cannot join us on November 19th or if you prefer to share your feedback online, please consider filling out a survey at https://bit.ly/WhatcomFlooding.

Speaker Series Event:
Flood Management on Farmland
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Join Gavin Willis, from Whatcom Family Farmers, on Wednesday, November 16th from 12-12:30pm via Zoom to learn about updates on work being done on farmland to address flooding, improve riparian habitat, and promote healthy waterways for salmon. 

The presentation will incorporate perspectives from a range of projects and local entities, including the Ag Water Board, and will also include a sneak peek at the first of a 3-part video series highlighting changes in the way that watershed management is being tackled in Whatcom County.    

Register for the event online. Contact Cheryl Lovato Niles with any questions by email at clniles@wsu.edu

Quarterly Advisory Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the BBWARM Advisory Committee will be held on January 18th from 6-8pm (location TBD). The general public is invited to join us, and a public comment period will be held at the beginning of the meeting. 

You can view the 2023 meeting schedule, documents, and Zoom link on the BBWARM Advisory Committee website.  

Other BBWARM News and Resources:

Upcoming events: 

  • Join BBWARM, Whatcom Conservation District, and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at a Terrell Creek Restoration Party on November 19th and November 26th! Learn more and register on the NSEA website.  

  • Help track the return of Pacific salmon during the month of November during FishBlitz. Visit the Whatcom Conservation District website for information on how to participate.

Please share this newsletter with your neighbors!
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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