IMPROVE YOUR PROPERTY
PROTECT LAKE WHATCOM

Get Reimbursed

INTRODUCING HIP

The Homeowner Incentive Program


The HIP connects landowners living in the Lake Whatcom watershed with the technical and financial assistance they need to take action to improve water quality in the lake. With support from professional experts, HIP participants are encouraged to complete voluntary projects that both protect Lake Whatcom and accentuate the unique character of each property.

The HIP was designed with Lake Whatcom watershed residents in mind, focusing on projects that protect water quality and preserve what they love about living around the lake.

OUR 5-STEP PROCESS:

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS


1

Enter your street address to see if you qualify

Get property-specific resources that highlight what projects would improve your landscape.

2

Learn more through a free site visit or workshop

Our staff experts can help you evaluate your HIP project options. We offer on-site consultations for potentially large or complex projects and expert-led workshops for smaller improvements.

3

Choose your property-improvement project(s)

At your request and direction, we can help you turn your ideas into reality. HIP projects include beautiful native plantings, rain gardens, drainage upgrades, and more.

4

Find the help you need to complete the project

We can connect you to landscape designers and construction contractors that have been trained on the HIP process and HIP-eligible projects.

5

Get reimbursed!

Receive a rebate of up to $1.30 per square foot improved - meaning that your property could qualify for thousands of dollars, or more. HIP funding covers project materials and can be applied to labor in many cases.

LET'S GET STARTED

“We love our house and we love that we’re helping our environment. It’s definitely a win-win for everyone.”

—John and Natalie Koenig, 2015 HIP participants

Learn more about the Koenig's beautiful HIP project!
THE HOMEOWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS

MAKING A REAL IMPACT


180+

180+ voluntary projects completed and reimbursed since 2011

20+

20+ lbs of phosphorus/year prevented from entering Lake Whatcom

$750K

$750k reimbursed to participating Lake Whatcom watershed residents

THE HOMEOWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS

VOLUNTARY PROGRAM


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.

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL?

GET HIP-CERTIFIED!


Grow your business by getting certified and receiving customer referrals from HIP! To become a HIP-Certified Professional, please attend a free, half-day workshop that provides an overview of HIP, project types, the permitting process, project reimbursement, and more.

After attending, you’ll need to take and pass our test, covering key HIP concepts and processes, to become HIP-approved. Demonstrating your understanding enables you to market yourself as a HIP-approved professional and have your name included on the designer/contractor list available to Lake Whatcom watershed property owners. Rosters of HIP-approved Professionals will also be posted to the HIP website.