The HIP began as a grant-funded pilot program in 2011 to promote homeowner stewardship of water quality within the Lake Whatcom watershed. During the pilot period from 2011-2015, over 150 homeowners received financial and technical support to install water quality projects that treat over 20 acres of watershed property.
In 2017, a revised and coordinated program was launched in basins 1 and 2 of the Lake Whatcom watershed. New features included an expanded program area, a professional training and certification program, a program-specific website, and many tools intended to streamline the HIP process and take the headache out of planning, permitting, and hiring professionals.
In 2021, HIP expanded its program area once again to include the entire Lake Whatcom watershed. Building on our success and lessons learned, HIP continues to evolve to help homeowners improve water quality in Lake Whatcom.