Lake Whatcom is in trouble. You can be part of the solution!
Long-term studies have shown a decline in water quality within Lake Whatcom. Dissolved oxygen – a vital component of a healthy lake – has declined to historically-low levels, while the amount of algae throughout the lake has continued to increase. Solving this complex problem takes a coordinated, cooperative effort from many stakeholders, including homeowner stewards like you.
The City and County have implemented a capital retrofit program to manage runoff from some of the developed area around the lake. However, much of the developed land lies outside of the reach of public infrastructure projects and end-of-pipe treatment systems are less efficient and often prohibitively expensive.
This is where you can help!
Through HIP, private property owners can improve water quality by making voluntary landscaping improvements on their property.